Today is my stop on the blog tour for Pat Young’s debut novel Till The Dust Settles.
There are still more stops on the tour so don’t forget to check them out.
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.
Till the Dust Settles is Pat Young’s debut novel and what a brilliant first book it is. It follows the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in New York and adds a totally unique spin to it all.
Lucie is on her way to an interview when the attack takes place and she is caught up in a dust cloud in the middle of Manhattan. While attempting to survive the carnage in the streets, she trips and somehow finds herself with someone else’s handbag without initially realising. By the time she has realised her mistake it is too late to return it so she looks for an alternative way to get the bag back to its rightful owner.
The story is effortlessly combines identity theft, conspiracy, murder and domestic violence into a compelling story. The twists kept me wondering what was going to happen next and the ending, well I never in a million years expected that!
The development of the characters as the book progresses is well done and overall the book is very well written.
I really enjoyed this book and although everyone is aware of the events of 9/11 this book throws an interesting twist into the mix which makes for a fascinating read.
Many thanks to Pat, Sarah and Bloodhound Books for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!
Till The Dust Settles was published on July 20th
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.