One Perfect Witness
On a remote Scottish hillside, three paths meet. On each path, a boy, one carrying a gun.
When their paths cross, a shot is fired and a boy dies.
That leaves two – one killer and one perfect witness.
This killer will stop at nothing to make sure the witness says nothing. Difficult for most people, even for someone who’s been guarding a secret of his own for five years.
What if the witness decides he’s been silent too long? Sometimes even the unspeakable must be spoken, if we can find the words.
I would like to thank the author, Bloodhound Books and blog tour organiser Sarah Hardy for the ARC of One Perfect Witness in return for an honest review.
This is a story about a murder, a killer and the witness. It’s a story about fear, control and mistakes. At its heart, it talks about the consequences of falsehoods and how the secrets we carry, can destroy us, if we bury our fears deep within ourselves.
There were many things to like about this psychological suspense thriller. First being the way the tension gripped you right from the start. The beginning of the book was faultless, setting the scene on which the whole book would ultimately revolve around, a death! From this, the story becomes about the consequences of a rash decision, a moment in time that sets of a chain of events that catches not just the killer and the witness in its web, but those around them. Pat Young cleverly gives a voice to the victim, whom I liked enough, so that the thought of anything happening to him, tied my stomach in knots of tension. The pressure builds from this, page to page, setting the pace for the rest of the book and there is no release from the ever growing sense of anxiety.
I have to say that I found the main protagonist a little irritating, but understandably so. He for me is meant to be a little annoying and needy, it’s what ultimately sets off the chain of events that leads to a death. It is a clever plot device by Pat Young because it makes him much more realistic. Eventually, as she builds the story, you come to feel a connection to a clever but troubled child. Then you have the ‘villain’ whom I despised, because he is a bully and a manipulator. It is hard to discuss him without spoiling the story, but he’s not your typical twisted villain and that gives him a unique quality which on times will have you hoping even he is capable of change, that underneath the self serving bully, is tiny sliver of humanity that will win out. So although I hated him, good villain to reader relationship there, I recognised he was capable of possible redemption. Pat Young cleverly manipulated my feelings towards with him, making it a more fascinating and complex read, because I never felt sure of what he was capable of, good and bad.
As well as all this, it is a great story and was for me a real page turner. Not a really fast read, more a story I savoured and one I didn’t want to finish. It was littered with unforeseen moments of tension that knocked me off balance on more than one occasion. I found myself thinking I knew exactly how it would end, but I wasn’t expecting what actually happened.
Would recommend this read to all readers who love a really well thought out thriller.
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About the author
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. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July
2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.
Published by Bloodhound Books, I Know Where You Live is the much-anticipated sequel to Pat’s gripping and unmissable debut thriller, Till the Dust Settles. It too is a psychological thriller with a skilfully told story that makes for an enjoyable stand alone read. It will hook you from the start.
One Perfect Witness, Pat’s third novel to be published, tells a completely new story. If, like Pat, you’re fascinated by what happens when someone disappears, you’ll enjoy this book of secrets, lies and deception
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