“I have decided to write down everything that happens, because I feel, I suppose, I may be putting myself in danger.”
London, 1965. An unworldly young woman believes that a charismatic psychotherapist, Collins Braithwaite, has driven her sister to suicide. Intent on confirming her suspicions, she assumes a false identity and presents herself to him as a client, recording her experiences in a series of notebooks. But she soon finds herself drawn into a world in which she can no longer be certain of anything. Even her own character.
In Case Study, Graeme Macrae Burnet presents these notebooks interspersed with his own biographical research into Collins Braithwaite. The result is a dazzling – and often wickedly humorous – meditation on the nature of sanity, identity and truth itself, by one of the most inventive novelists writing today.
"A riveting psychological plot ... tortuous, cunning ... clever." Kate Webb, The Times Literary Supplement
"A brilliant, bamboozling tale of secrets, suicide and madness." Jake Kerridge, The Telegraph
“A page-turning blast, funny, sinister and perfectly plotted … Rarely has being constantly wrong-footed been so much fun.” James Walton, The Times
“Encourages us to look more closely at the inherent instability of fiction itself … genuinely affecting … a very funny book.” Nina Allan, Guardian
“Poses questions about the nature of the self and the authenticity of identity … He is an uncommonly interesting and satisfying novelist.” Allan Massie, Scotsman
“Compelling … I was hooked like a fish.” Leyla Sanai, Spectator
“Fun and funny, sly and serious, a beguiling literary game that manages to say more about the nature of the self than any number of more self-consciously solemn works.” David Szalay
“A thrilling investigation into the nature of sanity and identity.” Alice O’Keeffe, The Bookseller
‘A novel of mind-bending brilliance. Graeme Macrae Burnet is a master of muddying the waters, of troubling ideas of truth and identity, fiction and documentary, and Case Study shows him at the height of his powers.’ Hannah Kent