The lives of two women who never meet are about to collide.
Lucie married young. Her husband has become abusive, controlling and violent. Having lost everything as a result of the marriage, Lucie decides it is time to walk away.
As she leaves the house on the morning of September 11th, heading to a job interview at the World Trade Centre and the promise of a new life, the unthinkable happens.
On a street in New York, choking on the dust, Lucie stumbles upon an opportunity for a new life.
She thought the grass would be greener. But starting again is never that simple…
Sometimes, what lies ahead is even more deadly.
Many thanks to Pat Young, Bloodhound books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC copy of the book in return for an honest review.
From chaos can come rebirth, a chance to begin again, to start life afresh and put past mistakes behind you. This is the essence of Pat Young’s book Till The Dust Settles. Two young women who never meet, come to together in a tale of violence, betrayal, deception and love; but more importantly their chance meeting in the dust clouds that result from the attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre, begins a tale of the search for justice and the possibility of a life renewed.
Pat Young has delivered a first debut class thriller. She skilfully uses the horror of the collaspse of the Twin Towers and the madness that followed to weave a story that rises from the dust and horror of that day. She gives us in Lucie, a character whom you desperately want to escape a violent marriage, and a protagonist so believeable you can almost feel wealth and power radiating from him.
From page one of Till The Dust Settles the tension leaps from the pages and what I loved about this book was the relentless pace of the story. You can’t help turning the pages to discover Lucie’s fate. If a book compels you to read on and on into the early hours of the morning, then its good and I was still awake past one in the morning even though my desk beckoned me the following morning. While the sense of atmosphere is skilfully written, because you can almost feel the choking cloud of dust clogging your throat, as it does the characters who live through the horrors of 9/11.
The sign of a good thriller is that it has a nugget of truth at it’s core, from which the writer weaves an intricate story, taking that as their starting point, but creating from it a tale that thrills and excites the reader. In Till The Dust Settles, Pat Young has done this very thing! A world shattering event, into which she submerges the reader, then draws them forward to a thrilling conclusion. It’s tense, exciting and just when you think its safe to relax, delivers a punch to the gut. Which forces you to sit up and readjust what you thought would be the fate of characters you had found yourself invested in.
This is yet again a first class thriller from a publisher that recognises great writing and delivers it to it’s eager readers.
Till The Dust Settles can be purchased from Amazon
Pat Young grew up in the south west of Scotland where she still lives, sometimes. She often goes to the other extreme, the south west of France, in search of sunlight.
Pat never expected to be a writer. Then she found a discarded book with a wad of cash tucked in the flyleaf. ‘What if something awful happened to the person who lost this book?’ she thought, and she was off.
Pat knew nothing of writing, but she knew a thing or two about books, having studied English, French and German at Glasgow University. A passion for languages led to a career she loved and then a successful part-time business that allowed her some free-time, at last.
Pat had plans, none of which included sitting at her desk from daybreak till dusk. But some days she has to. Because there’s a story to be told. And when it’s done, she can go out to play. On zip-wires and abseil ropes, or just the tennis court.
Pat writes psychological thrillers. Till the Dust Settles is her debut, from Bloodhound Books.
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