Firstly I wish to thank Sarah Hardy and Bloodhound Books for inviting me to take part on this Blog Tour for TILL THE DUST SETTLES by Pat Young
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.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
Absolutely loved this book. After years of being a punching bag for her loathsome and vile husband Curtis, Lucie snaps and hits back and boy has she got a swing, especially with a skillet in her hand! She just prays that the person that is going to interview her for the cleaning position in the Twin Towers will make an allowance for her lateness in getting there. This is going to be her new start for her a chance to escape.
A blast, confusion and a massive choking cloud of white dust on that fateful morning of September 11th means she will never get there. In all the chaos Lucie grabs the wrong bag and when the dust finally settles Lucie is gone and Charlotte is reborn.
This is a superb story Pat Young has woven into this true life event that rocked the world. I really thought that this story was going to be about how one woman’s tragic death helping another get her life together. Boy was I wrong. This story has so many threads that build up into a belting story. Murder, greed, conspiracies so many tragedies. I was experiencing so many emotions on every page right up to the last sentence.
As for the characters they are not complicated each one memorable with the essence of their role in the story portrayed perfectly. I really took to Lucie who was just one of those triers in life that no matter how much effort she put into making things better fate just wasn’t having any of it. There was a real sadness about Charlotte and how her story unwound, loved the ‘Cluedo moments’. There are good guys, bad guys and slime balls which make tense and riveting reading the further you get into this story.
This is a you gotta read book, a brilliant debut. Really excited about this lady’s writing. Superb!
Thank you to Bloodhound Books for my ARC which I reviewed honestly.
HERE IS A LITTLE 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. Till the Dust Settles is her debut, from Bloodhound Books.