At 60, Eve Laing is a famous artist in crisis. She’s working on what she believes is a masterpiece, but her marriage has ended in divorce. As she journeys across London one December evening, she looks back on her life, from her art-school days and an affair with a Lucian Freud-like older man to her time in New York and rise as an edgy painter. Above all, she dwells on her fatal romance with a handsome studio assistant. Mcafee’s engaging novel combines a dark plot with a zestful skewering of the contemporary art world.