About this book…
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.
The premise of this book is very clever indeed and I’m surprised that no one has thought of it before! There was so much confusion after 9/11 that it was impossible to account for everyone who had gone missing that day. So to base a thriller around a case of mistaken identity was a brilliant idea. The only thing I will say is that the plot does rely heavily on coincidence and the fact that every one seems very susceptible to accepting that Lucie is Charlotte. There seems to be very little suspicion of her at all but what are the chance that two women of a similar age, size and looks would be together at the exact moment of such a significant event? Very slim indeed I would say!
Till the Dust Settles is an intriguing read and one I actually flew through in one sitting. I was never quite sure how I felt about Lucie as my opinions of her changed as often as my emotions sweeping throughout this storyline. I felt sorry for her due to all the problems she had faced before that fateful day as her family life had been reduced to just one person – her husband Curtis. But as the events following 9/11 start to make sense, I veered between sympathy for all she was going through, and frustration at all the ill informed choices she was making! For me, it was only when Dylan became a more integral part of the plot that I began to relax into the narrative and understand Lucies motives more.
For me, one of the most vividly brought to life characters in the book is Lucies Granny, and she isn’t even in it as such!! But she is brought to life perfectly by Lucies vivid descriptions of the old family sayings so that I felt I really knew her. Everything she said was EXACTLY what you would expect from someone of her background. Sometimes “Granny” seemed as though she were actually there in the room with Lucie, her typically Scottish outlook on life making her feel very real to me.
This is a clever thriller unlike anything I’ve read recently. The ending especially was a deeply emotional one and I had goosebumps as it played out with a few unexpected twists and turns. Pat Young has delivered an interesting spin on 9/11 that made me sit up and think about family, second chances and living life to the full as you never know what’s around the corner.
Meet 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.