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Thursday, July 27, 2017

BLOG TOUR & REVIEW: Till the Dust Settles by Pat Young @py321_young @bloodhoundbook

Excited to be launching off the blog tour for Till the Dust Settles by Pat Young.  

Book Description:

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. 

My Review:

Set from the day of the 9/11 terrorist attached on the Twin Towers, we are put into the lives of two women.  Lucie, a Scottish immigrant, who ends up in an abusive marriage and Miss Gillespie, a woman out to take full advantage of the situation have their lives intertwined when Lucie accidentally picks up Gillespie's purse in the rubble and gets mistaken for her.  Her decision to continue the deceit propels her in a collision course that makes her abusive marriage seem tame.

A tale of conspiracy, abuse and how one wrong decision can alter the course of your life, this is book regarding the 9/11 attack and the course of two lives from that day forward.  I had a few issues with the book but overall a solid debut effort.  I think it's hard to read about anything related to 9/11 and, just for my own personal preference, put into fiction something that was such a traumatic part of millions of lives - it just feels a bit off.  In looking at this book in terms of writing, the author does a fantastic job of setting up the story line, plot twisting and bringing everything together.  Some things didn't seem quite so plausible, but then again, fiction and plausibility don't always go hand in hand.  And while I typically don't mind so much in most stories, it's the subject matter that keeps me from appreciating this book the way I should.  Maybe I should've considered that before accepting a copy to review.   However, I always try to keep an open mind and get extremely surprised most of the time.  This time, I feel I just couldn't get past it - and that's just my own personal feeling.

I will say that if you love conspiracy and domestic thrillers and the what-if story line taken from an event that rocked the world, this would be suitable for you.

Author Bio:

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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