Till The Dust Settles By Pat Young

Published by Bloodhound Books, 27/7/17 available at present in E format and Paperback. 

A gripping & unmissable debut thriller Two women will never meet, but their lives 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 to start again.  She thought the grass would be greener but starting again is never that simple. And sometimes, what lies ahead is even more deadly.

A gripping & unmissable debut thriller

Two women will never meet, but their lives 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 to start again. 

She thought the grass would be greener but starting again is never that simple. And sometimes, what lies ahead is even more deadly.

The beginning of Till the Dust Settles was intense and within the first few pages I was hooked, really invested in the character Lucie. 

Who is Lucie? What life is she running away from? 

She took an opportunity and literally ran from it. 

There then was a real sense of better the devil you know, the more you read, the more you wanted to keep reading! 

Pat brought an interesting character in to a situation that due to it's reality gave the book strength, plausibility, and what if? While giving us a fictional take, the clever placement of the beginning events woke up the horror of what happened on 9/11 and took me back to when I just stood watched, shocked and shaking my head with disbelief. 

Pat used these events with sensitivity to weave her characters story around survival. 

 A superb debut novel that had my heart in my mouth many times. 

I found it an extremely well written debut, that was an intense read, where peoples lives are at the centre and survival is the game.