Years spent hiding from his past. Today it finds him; a gripping psychological novel for fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train.
Renowned British barrister, Lawrence Juste, is a man with a past so cleverly stitched together he thought it could never come unraveled - until now. Two things are about to pick it apart, piece by sordid piece: a child, and a blackmail note from a woman hiding as many secrets as he. As the past unravels, his carefully ordered world falls apart in a twisting spiral of taboo, passion, lies and revelations, with potentially tragic consequences. For Lawrence Juste, the future suddenly looks as dangerous as it is uncontrollable.
This is the hidden history of not just one man, but a whole family battling deceit, intrigue and conspiracy on the road to a unique form of atonement.
Patchwork Man is the winner of a BRAG Medallion Award.
©2014 D.B. Martin (P)2016 D.B. Martin
On the brink of achieving his life's ambition - the appointment as High Court Judge - and only two weeks after his very supportive wife, Margaret, is killed in a hit and run accident, successful barrister Lawrence Juste finds his carefully constructed life unraveling around him as the distant past thrusts itself unwanted into his present.
This very well written and crafted novel moves between current happenings and memories of Lawrence's childhood when, as one of a large family of ten plus a new baby, growing up in an atmosphere of neglect, he with most of his siblings are removed from parental care and sent away to a children's home. The experiences are traumatic and form his future life.
This is an intriguing, exciting psychological thriller. The characters, and in particular the main protagonists, are well developed and we are sucked into Lawrence's emotional turmoil as ever more revelations come to light despite the fact that he is not, himself, a particularly likable man. The narrator reads beautifully and, though there are some slightly suspect accents in the dialogue, these are few and far between and really do not distract from the excellence of the text.
On a brief note of historic accuracy from the opening stages of the book, I would like to say that, as someone who grew up in the suburbs close to Croydon and visited often in my mid teens, in the same 1959 of the start, the numerous bomb sites which had been so evident in earlier years had, by then, almost entirely disappeared. Also, that a pensioner couple able to collect £30 per week in 1962 must have been exceptionally rich as the weekly working wage for a teacher, both then until several years later, was only nine pounds. I also have considerable doubts that anyone with a police record, even a juvenile one, would have ever been considered for the position of judge: it would certainly prevent their becoming the much more lowly magistrate. But these are minor niggles which in no way prevent the complete overall enjoyment of this labyrinthine mystery.
A great story which keeps the reader constantly guessing, well written, with good, believable, living characters, and all read by a skillful narrator, this book is highly recommended to anyone who likes real substance in their books. My thanks to the rights holder for the gift to me of Patchwork Man, via Audiobook Boom. I enjoyed it very much and will look out for the coming sequel.
A very compelling story that is very well narrated. A gripping psychological twisting tale of one man's journey to cover up his tough start in life. But he can not keep it all a secret and all the woven threads of his life start to come apart.
Gripping, well crafted characters and a plot line that moves in many direction. A lot going on and along the way there are clues and misdirection that keep you guessing and turning the pages.
Nice inflection depending on the characters and a good steady flow with good emphasis.
The challenge of unravelling the multiple mysteries that thread there way through the book.
I found this book, which was recommended by a friend, to be refreshing in its approach. A great idea (which I won't give away) and well written with superb narration from a narrator I have not heard before, but hope to hear again.
"A good one"
This started quickly then carried me along at speed toward the end. Different, life in the world of boys taken from their homes.into protective services was so well drawn. Fascinating.
"Gritty Psychological British Work"
Yes, it exceeded expectations. Be aware that this is Volume One of a trilogy. If you want answers to everything you may be frustrated. Rob Groves' voice work is superb!
Think "The Waltons", think of the family situation in "Cinderella Man" think England, think gritty, poverty without Rose Colored Glasses and without a strong family unit and faith to persevere. That's the background that is the premise of this work. The effect that is at the core of the main character Barrister Lawrence Juste's attempt to hide from himself and others.
The interaction of Juste and the youth accused of a crime as he becomes involved in the case. And there's a twist! No Spoilers!
Yes, I wanted to. But...
This is a fantastic listen, well written and fine narration. I want more of this series!
Thanks for the opportunity to review "Patchwork Man: Patchwork People, Volume 1"!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.
"One can't run from the past"
fast, surprising, unexpected
Listening to“Patchwork Man” was like looking for some lost relic stored in a dark attic – shafts of light filtering down through the roof let me see the vague outlines of some “objects,” but every few minutes the story dropped an upsetting spider web onto my face. As I frantically tried to brush it off, I would encounter a new, even more startling sticky, filmy web in my path.
Rob Groves did a great job with the audio. The narration was easy to follow, and his articulation and intonation were excellent. He was able to produce the different voices and expressions needed for the varied characters. He did a nice job with the voices of the female characters as well, which is often difficult for male narrators. I listened on a portable device with headphones, and the dynamic range of the production was appropriate. There were no distortions or other difficulties.
You can run, but you cannot hide
I really enjoyed the book. The other books in this series on audio, and I will certainly be listening and reviewing them as well. A big “Thank you” goes out to D.B. Martin for giving me the opportunity to listen to this great series.
The author DB Martin is a talented writer. The book was engaging and vivid in detail.
It was a very twisted plot and I had to keep my attention on the book and even repeat chapters to understand where we were in the book. The author takes the story from past to future and back again throughout the book.
I didn't have a favorite character.
I'm not a writer just a reader, sorry I can't help you with that.
Rob Groves was superb as narrator. His voice of characters were clearly distinct and extremely well done.
This was the first book in the patchwork man trilogy . Thoroughly enjoyed this audio book and wood recommend it to those who like mysteries and or thrillers.
"Grabbed me from the start"
Family secrets and an intricately woven conspiracy kept my attention from the start. Very well done. The character development was excellent. Settle in for the long run as this seems to be a series, and I hate not know how things end up. Definitely going to follow this one.
The narrator was perfect for this story. Great performance.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
This story is about Lawrence Juste, a lawyer who is brought a young man Danny who is accused of a crime. His job is to get Danny off. As he digs into the case more and more is revealed starting with his life as a child.
When Lawrence was just a child his parents had too many children and little means to take care of them all. The government stepped in and split up the children. Lawrence went to a home along with other of his siblings and while there learns life the hard way. As the story progresses more of his life and its secrets are revealed.
The story is clever and suspenseful. Not nail biting suspenseful but enough to pique the reader/listener and keep them posted. The plot unravels like a slow death to Lawrence. There are elements in the story many authors wouldn't broach but this author did and with taste.
The narrator Rob Groves does a great job. His voice is easy and steady. I wish he'd changed his pacing more to match the story but overall no complaints. This is an excellent story and written well.
I definitely recommend this book to readers who enjoy mystery, suspense and thrillers!
"Great story, full of twists!"
I loved the narrator, he sounded like Chris Geere from You're the worst.
The story was a slow build but in a good way, not a boring one.
It's not my usual thing but I often need a departure from my post apocalyptic books.
Anyone who likes a good mystery will enjoy & appreciate this book. I'm looking forward to the next one.
I was voluntarily provided this review copy at no charge by the author, publisher and or narrator.
"It worth reading. Give it a try."
Good story. After reading the description of the book I was mildly interested yet I wasn't really sure if it was something I would enjoy but I gave it a try anyway. I'm glad I did. It's well written and held my attention from start to finish. I recommend it for reading.
Narrator did a good job of bringing the story to life.
"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator"
"I loved every minute of this listen!"
This. Listen. Was. So. Good. From the very first paragraph, I was hooked. The narration and the story development were so delicious that I could not wait to devour it. I seriously loved this listen.
The main character, Lawrence, was so easy to like and root for. We felt his pain and his confusion. There were so many layers to his persona (hence the patchwork) and even at the end, more layers were still to be discarded.
Bravo author! Bravo narrator! You have a new recruit in me. I can't wait for book two!!
"Tremendous Excitement !!"
5.0 out of 5 stars You'll be hooked on Bobby Jacobi
By Jerry S. - July 6, 2014
Wow! Just finished reading Patchwork Man. It was given to me as a gift. Outstanding. I found it difficult to put this book down. In fact, I didn't. I read it in one sitting. Thought it was a fast moving dramatic mystery story with compelling characters that deceptively results in an epiphanous moment of self-examination and reassessment of values. Looking forward to more in this series. Highly recommended And intriguing story..
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review."
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