This is one of those books that starts out slow and builds up momentum until you can no longer stop reading it. The twists and turns are unbelievable--thankfully there are at least 2 more books in this series because the ending--well lets just say if I don't find them rather quickly I will be unhappy!!
This book is filled with secrets, both past and present. I will leave it up to you to decide which should have been revealed, to discover which were and to wonder if maybe some of them should be hidden forever. When the Patch Work of life which has been cleverly woven but suddenly starts to unravel--what should you do?
They overwhelm you when you least want them to – like memories. You tuck them safely away and think they’re lost. They’re not. They’re merely lying dormant, awaiting the miscreant – inquisitive, prodding and delving. I opened the envelope clumsily, exhausted from the effort of maintaining a dignified propriety since Margaret’s death yesterday. It was a list of names and dates and places, written in her hand. My hidden history, meticulously researched – including the parts I’d thought even I had forgotten. 1999 rolled back forty years to the first time the threads of my life unravelled, when I was nine, and a tidal wave of memories crashed over me in a suffocating arc of white water and humiliation. Then my body shook and the cold finger of fear slid down my neck and into my gut as the patchwork man felt his carefully seamed life pull apart."
About the Book: (from Amazon)
Have you ever met a patchwork man?
Lawrence Juste is one. The QC with a conscience - privileged, reputable and emotionally frozen.
But Lawrence hasn't always been who he is now. When he is glaringly in the public eye after his enigmatic wife is killed in an apparently random hit and run, he could do with a hidden past surfacing like a hole in the head.
Unfortunately the past has a way of finding its way back to you, just like betrayal. His dead wife has helpfully left him a sinister resume of his, and she just keeps adding to it ...
Patchwork Man is the first in a trilogy. The second, Patchwork People will be on release at the end of September 2014.
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About the Author: (from Amazon)
Debrah Martin describes herself as the ultimate multi-tasker.
'Sometimes I even have to remind myself who I am for the day,' she admits.
That's because she writes under three different pen names and in three very different genres. As Debrah Martin she writes literary fiction. 'Falling Awake' is a dream-like tale where truth IS stranger than fiction. She also plots fast-paced and compelling thrillers as D.B. Martin, with the first in the 'Patchwork' trilogy, 'Patchwork Man', out on Kindle now and in print August 2014. Its fallen hero, Lawrence Juste QC faces a future as tricky as his past when his previous misdeeds catch up with him and his dead wife blackmails him, apparently from beyond the grave. The second in the series, 'Patchwork People' twists the knife even further when it's released at the end of September 2014.
And not to be overlooked is her YA teen detective series, penned as Lily Stuart - THE teen detective. Irreverent, blunt, funny and vulnerable, Lily's diary tells the tale of her mother's internet dating spree - and the murderer she meets, interspersed between daily life as a teenager, with all its bitching, banter, and vulnerability. 'Webs' is also due to be released in September 2014.
So why not stick to just one name and one genre?
'Variety is the spice of life,' she replies. 'And I have all these ideas - they have to come out somehow!'
Debrah's past careers have spanned two businesses, teaching, running business networking for the University of Winchester and social event management. She now currently makes do with chairing a literary festival in her home town when she's not writing. She also has two daughters and a dog to organise.
'See - more multi-tasking!'
You can find out about all of her books and latest releases on her websites www.debrahmartin.co.uk and www.lily-stuart.co.uk
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