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
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.
Mid 60's Male. 9,800 Kindle books, close to 500 Audible books with 200 reviews. Over 1000 Helpful votes for reviews on Amazon.
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.
I download over 100 books a year. I don't even know how to go about my day without listening to a title. It's my happy place!
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!!
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."
I love the multiple dimensions that books offer as a place to dwell for moments or the end of time.
I was captivated immediately because of the combination of a fitting and skillful narrator and the very descriptive childhood. The story line with a family twist is set up very well and tied up neatly at the end. I look forward to more from this author and I will buy the next book - I received this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
It makes me happy to wake up everyday and look forward to listening. Many times I listen while doing artwork. I find it very relaxing.
PATCHWORK MAN was an okay listen. It's not in the same league as Gone Girl nor Girl on the Train though. The author D.B Martin is a good writer nonetheless. I think he has the skill to bump this up to the aforementioned books. That said, I wasn't sure of place and time in this story. Also the characters were somewhat confusing as to who was who and their relationships to the protagonist Lawrence were confusing. At the beginning of the story too much time was spent with Danny and the social worker where Lawrence's thoughts kept wandering back and forth admiring her physically. It felt out of place. Many times I felt lost. This could've been edited down.
Rob Groves narration was good but dry. There weren't many voice inflections except with the other characters. The protagonist was monotone. He has a great voice, I'm just not sure why it was directed in this way. Overall, I think this is a good beginning to a series. The next book may tell more.
“This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobookboom”
I rate on how mush I enjoyed a book, I am not a book critic.
I did not like 'The Girl on a train". To depressing, sad and drawn out.
This book has the same feel to it, but for me it was better. The first couple of chapters are a very realistic view of a boy’s life in foster care. Not uplifting or happy. Luckily it was just necessary background info and does not darken the entire book.
After that I got into the intrigue of the story. It got a bit confusing at the end, when you don't know what to believe is true and what not. Not all is resolved at the end. Leaving gaps to be filled in, in the next book. But not frustratingly so.
The charters were well developers and believable. Over all a gripping story.
The narrator was very good and might be the reason this did not feel like a tragic story, but one where the main character realizes his personal flaws and mistakes and owns up to them.
"This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
""..slowly adding to the pattern, piece by piece.""
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 Good psychological thriller with several strands"
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.
"A really novel idea."
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.
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