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!
Title: One Perfect Witness
Author: Pat Young
Date of publication: 1st October 2018
Publisher: Bloodhound Books
Format: E-copy from NetGalley
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?
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.
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