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.
What a fantastic debut novel this is.
I love how the story revolves around the horrendous 9/11 events. It’s a tragedy that none of us will ever forget in our life time and it gives us a slight insight into the chaos that stemmed from it.
Poor Lucie on that terrible day was finally making a stand in her life by going against her husband and trying to get a job which would mean bringing some much needed money into the household. The 9/11 events give her an opportunity to live a new life and get away from an abusive husband. I have to admit I wasn’t to sure whether I could fully believe that a person could get away with what Lucie did but do you know what it didn’t matter as this is a work of fiction and a highly enjoyable one at that.
Curtis, Lucie’s husband I literally hated. Through Dylan, their neighbour, we get to see just how much of a monster he is and it really has you routing for Lucie and knowing what she has done is the right thing.
The author leads you down a dark and winded path with this story. Every time I thought I knew where the story was going it would change course and it had me racing through the pages to see what would happen next.
Dylan is a bit of an underdog in the story. I really liked the guy and felt sorry for him. He is torn between his best friend Curtis as well as Lucie who he has always held a bit of a candle for. To a certain extent I did think both Curtis and Lucie used Dylan and felt he deserved more from both.
Till The Dust Settles is a fabulous debut novel. It had me hooked right from the off and I loved every minute of it. Can not wait to read more from the author.
My thanks to Bloodhound Books for an advanced readers copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
Goodreads rating 5/5 stars.
Till The Dust Settles is available to purchase from Amazon.