I’m delighted to be a part of the #BlogTour for Scottish author, Pat Young’s third novel “One Perfect Witness”. Thanks to Bloodhound for inviting me to take part and to the publishers for the ARC for review.
Before I share my thoughts, here’s what the official blurb says:
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.
Kicking off with a behind the scenes view of a holiday park in Ayrshire I was immediately transported back to my childhood as memories of holidays on the Ayrshire coast filled my head. But this was no happy family moment and it became immediately clear that there was an underlying tension between Richard & Viv caravan park owners with son Charlie stuck in the middle. Charlie sneaks off to get his father’s gun with one thought in his mind – “tomorrow they will remember me”…
Three boys, one path and a meeting that will change their lives forever! Oh, my heart went out to Charlie. I could sense a lot of pain about him but at the same time, there was a feeling of darkness surrounding this character. Despite his young years, the author was able to weave an air of trouble into the character yet at the same time make the reader feel protective of him.
We also meet the two other characters who are taking the path that fateful moment; Gus is in Scotland from South Africa trying to make his name in international rugby but Gus has a bit of a reputation for his temper and this may be his downfall. Sebastian has come over to Scotland from France to work the summer in the Brackenbrae Holiday Park yet there is a real sense that he has run away from something back in France and is not just coming over for the work experience. Through the narrative, we learn a little more about each character and this helps the reader make sense of the tragic events.
I can’t say too much without giving away spoilers here but Charlie definitely stole the show for me in this novel, his anguish and pain are palpable and at times I wanted to slap his parents as they couldn’t or wouldn’t see what was going on with him.
I felt a real sense of injustice as I read and I was willing it all to come right in the end. Whether it does or not, you will just have to read it and see. It is not a fast-paced thriller but more a slower paced exploration of relationships, circumstances and “what ifs”. I was left with a few questions unanswered but sometimes that can be a good thing as it leaves you pondering long after the last page has turned!
A cracking sense of place was created by the author and you can tell she knows the area well. I loved the visuals that this book brought to mind as I read.
One Perfect Witness is a cracking read that will keep you engaged until the very end and leave you wondering for just that little bit longer.
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