Out For The Count


Esther seems to have everything. She is married to bank manager Maarten and lives in a villa in the chic village of Aerdenhout. But then Annelize moves in next door, an editor at a leading culinary magazine – and Maarten’s ex. Clearly she’s still very interested in Maarten, and he also seems to have feelings for her, and seeks her out at every opportunity. In order to save her marriage, Esther bends over backwards to satisfy all Maarten’s demands. She goes to ever greater lengths to please him and be the perfect wife. Her desperate acts eventually have catastrophic consequences to save her marriage.

‘You’ll never believe who moved in next door today,’ I heard him say to his mother from the kitchen as they hung their coats in the hall cupboard. The Wicked Witch of the West, I thought.
‘Annelize van Pooijen Zuilensteijn,’ he answered, before my mother-in-law had the chance to make a guess.
‘No,’ she said. ‘Really? Good heavens.’
For the first time I agreed with her.
‘How nice!’
That didn’t last long.

In Out for the Count, Marja West guides you into story, before turning everything on its head. It is a quirky, psychologically interesting, well-written thriller, reminiscent of the stories of Roald Dahl.A surprising debut thriller about a woman who slowly loses control over her life.