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Patchwork People: The dead can still talk. A dark mystery and suspense thriller. (Patchwork People series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Following on from Patchwork Man,this installment is still building but tends to be a bit pedestrian needing a little more action to keep you enthralled,as the plot is quite complex,however it still stays true to form and I am looking forward to the final book when...
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In the first novel, "Patchwork Man", we meet Lawrence Juste, QC, noted British counselor whose sterling record before the bar is about to catapult him to the Queen's Bench, the culmination of the dreams of many lawyers in the United Kingdom. The unsuspecting Juste devastated by the untimely death of his strictly proper wife Margaret, killed by a hit-and-run driver. She has carefully crafted Lawrence's life so his path to the bench will be free of obstacles. Margaret is, by all accounts, the perfect wife for Lawrence. She seems coldly flawless, but was she?
As he takes time to prepare for her funeral, he is unwittingly drawn into the case of a boy who is unjustly accused of a crime. His late wife seems to be reaching out from the grave to direct his steps in this effort. In this world, Juste is reacquainted with a family he has pushed aside and a nemesis he has tried not only to forget but also banish from all aspects of his life. Juste wins but at what cost?
In the first novel, Martin brilliantly paints a word picture that challenges you to follow and then provides the equivalent of a literary trail of crumbs to ensure that you do. From cover to cover, "Patchwork Man" is the equivalent of a novel-length trail of crumbs that leads you, quite willingly, to "People."
In "People," the past does rear up to ensnare the unwitting counselor-at-law. Indeed, his carefully constructed world -- built on a tissue of half-truths -- begins to crumble as a blackmail scheme threatens to put him behind bars.Read more ›
As the second book in the series it is a great follow up to Patchwork Man. Though I am glad I read the books in order as the importance of Lawrence’s development from a boy to a man and seeing that reflecting in a client seems to have shaped and affected how he reacts to the latest events in his tragic life.
Saying that, this book is fairly slow to start as it deals with depression and anxiety that Lawrence feels over the loss of his wife, but as Martin hits her stride in writing, the plot and characters soon move the narrative along.
As a first person narrative, this book has a narrow field through which you are allowed to experience the story and it helps a great deal when it comes to understanding why things seem to unravel around Lawrence when you see the world through his eyes.
As in Patchwork Man, the characters are very well rounded and avoid the trap of merely being two dimensional plot devices. There are moments when the more practical minded would act differently in similar circumstances to Lawrence, but equally that’s what makes this book so good – Lawrence isn’t the every man character that you are used to seeing that is devoid enough of his own personality that the reader can superimpose their own personality on top of him.
There are some great elements of the psychological thriller genre that have been incorporated into Patchwork People and it is wonderful to read something where dialogue between characters doesn’t feel stilted and staged in order to simply move along part of the plot.
As the blackmail letters start to come in Juste finds himself in yet another situation where his past could come back to haunt him. What will he do to silence his blackmailer? Will his secrets be exposed? This intense thriller was a really, really good read.
I highly recommend this book if you love a mystery with rich characterization and a vast background and to be honest, who doesn't? There is a third book coming out and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens next in Lawrence Juste's chaotic yet exciting life.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the second book of the trilogy. I was given a free copy of the book in exchange for writing a review. It would be wrong to outline the plot and spoil the book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Janet Holmes
Another great novel from D.B. Martin. I really enjoyed this the 2nd Novel in the trilogy. These, in my opinion, can not be read as stand alone Novels. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jakczek
I've just finished this the 2nd book in the trilogy, straight after reading book 1. I mean that literally, cover to cover and back to back in about 12ish hrs. . Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lisa Glamazon
Having read first two Patchwork books cannot wait to get the third ,I feel I know the characters so well from the superb writingPublished 17 months ago by Richard Pitman
Very good read gripping will make you download all 3 books but very detailed verse so a little heavy at times still worth readingPublished 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
I finished Patchwork Man (Book 1 of the Series) that left me at with an emotional high, and so I have just finished Patchwork People because I was in a serious state of withdrawal. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2015 by Renee Spicuzza
Very intricate, twist and turns through the story to keep you guessing. Proofreading would have helped with the unexpected mistakes.Published on 1 Jun. 2015 by Lyn Davis
Yet more intrigue is unfolded. It's surprising enough to find out who did what - let alone why they did it. You can certainly never guess what's coming next. Read morePublished on 29 April 2015 by Pat Harrison
Loved it. Whilst it didn't have the immediate impact of patchwork man, it continued in the same vein. I honestly couldn't give it less than 5 stars. Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2015 by Paul G
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