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Stunning Psychological Thriller
on 4 November 2013
Journalist Patrick Bannister's hateful mother had sucked any feelings of love from him when he was a child so he never knew it existed until he met fellow student Marybeth, the only love of his life. He watched her die in a fire started deliberately. Haunted by the arson and scorched body he had seen resulted in emotional turmoil causing him to lose his job and end up in therapy sessions. Confusion, anger, guilt and loss of self-esteem were heightened by a news bulletin. A wealthy cancer specialist and his wife , Wesley and Charlene Clark, were missing. Patrick thought he was losing his mind as the photo on screen of Charlene was Marybeth, dead for 15 years. Exhaustive searches could find no evidence that Marybeth had ever existed. A confused and sad Patrick's anxiety and determination drives him to find the truth, embarking on a journey he is about to find is jam-packed with hazardous encounters and incidents ultimately life-threatening. He is aided by an unlikely ally, street-wise and hard-nosed petty criminal, Tristan, a fellow sufferer of life.
This is a fast-moving tense and suspenseful psychological thriller with a continuous flow of taut action. The mystery generated is fuelled by a string of cleverly constructed twists and surprises in the author's masterly, intriguing narrative. The characters are well-drawn, the therapy sessions revealing and the bonding of Patrick and Tristan may lead to future encounters. Also a word for the delightful Bullet, Patrick's dog. This is a top-class entertaining thriller and a page-turning read. A fabulous novel from Andrew E. Kaufman.