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Sealed Lips: One Perfect Witness by Pat Young @py321_young @Bloodhoundbook

Oh, how good it feels to see Pat Young’s name on a post title!

I would like to thank and hug Sarah Hardy for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. This review is my unbiased thanks for letting me read and review the novel!

pat coverTitle: One Perfect Witness
Author: Pat Young
Date of publication: 1st October 2018
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Format: E-copy from NetGalley

On a remote Scottish hillside, three paths meet. On each path, a boy, one carrying a gun.
When their paths cross, a shot is fired and a boy dies.
That leaves two – one killer and one perfect witness.
This killer will stop at nothing to make sure the witness says nothing. Difficult for most people, even for someone who’s been guarding a secret of his own for five years.
What if the witness decides he’s been silent too long? Sometimes even the unspeakable must be spoken, if we can find the words.

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I never hesitate when I hear Pat Young has a new book coming. I have never been disappointed by her novels. Her name appears and I’m in.

Did it work this time?

One Perfect Witness only secured Pat’s place on my ‘go-to authors’ list. You can read my reviews of Till The Dust Settles and I Know Where You Live to get a sense of why I truly enjoy her books.

The first thing that made me fall for this new piece of fiction is the amazing sense of place that Pat Young creates in One Perfect Witness. The timing for my reading of the book was perfect as I was at Gatwick airport, coming back from my first trip to Scotland. I could feel the northern wind, picture the beautiful views, and hear the – is there a word for that Scottish language/accent? Haha! Oh my, I was just there, with the characters. Then, one chapter later, I was in my home country. Paris, Carcassonne, historical, famous, so French I could smell the croissants and baguettes! Pat has a special way of taking you wherever she wants you to be to witness her crime and print the atmosphere in your head and on your body, turning another dead body or psychological scene into a strong memory that you can revisit with all your senses.

But the places would have felt hollow without the right characters to inhabit them. Authenticity is the word that best describes this book. Places and people, You need them to create a realistic world, to make sure the readers connect with the events, get hooked by the story you want to tell.

A body in a remote hill of Scotland, a kid, a guy from nowhere. A gun. Slow-paced but terrifyingly chilling, One Perfect Witness plays with appearances, secrets, and ‘normal’ people trying to live their lives. I immersed myself in this read as if I was immersing my body in a bathtub of muddy waters. Every character is flawed in some way. My heart was broken for Charlie, mute and desperate for attention. I felt the excitement of Sebastien, out in a foreign country. I recognized myself in him, seeking adventure and willing to do whatever it takes to achieve what is mind is on. I felt for his mother, knowing mine would have been quite the same. I loved to hate a certain character. We only got a glimpse of the rest of the world as this novel focuses on very few voices, creating a sense of foreboding, of closeness, of claustrophobia! You can live with people and feeling so far from them. You can meet strangers and bear scars of their path in your life. I won’t say anything more. One Perfect Witness is a book you visit.

Once again, Pat Young surprised me with an engrossing novel, satisfying on so many levels, psychologically criminal, exceptionally good.

You can visit this brilliant read thanks to Amazon!
And find out more about the novel:

B L O G B L I T Z (2) pat



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. Her debut novel Till the Dust Settles, has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable Stag trophy. Following publication in July
2017 Pat was delighted to be chosen as an ‘emerging talent’ for Crime in the Spotlight and read from Till the Dust Settles to an audience at Bloody Scotland – another dream come true.
Published by Bloodhound Books, I Know Where You Live is the much-anticipated sequel to Pat’s gripping and unmissable debut thriller, Till the Dust Settles. It too is a psychological thriller with a skilfully told story that makes for an enjoyable stand alone read. It will hook you from the start.
One Perfect Witness, Pat’s third novel to be published, tells a completely new story. If, like Pat, you’re fascinated by what happens when someone disappears, you’ll enjoy this book of secrets, lies and deception.

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