Wow - this is a complicated plot with multiple key characters and a story lines! There were times in the first half of the book where I was frustrated with the slow development and wondered how many more times I would have to read the same miserable situations being replayed, the character's same ruminations about where they were in life and why. But the second half of the book moved to external interactions, stepped up the pace, and kept me fully engaged. There were a few twists that I anticipated, but others I did not. The characters were believable because all had both admirable strengths and disappointing weaknesses that were revealed as the story progressed and they faced trying circumstances. There are no heroes in this story, but there are those who learn and grow. It appears there will be a next book in this series, which I will read. WARNING: The events (and aftermath) of 9/11 are central to this story and shared in detail from a survivor's perspective. Domestic abuse is also prominent with no softening or filtering. For readers who are sensitive to those topics, this book could be very upsetting.
Hard to believe this is Pat's first book, well done by the Author.
I literally wanted to read this book straight through, I read until I couldn't keep my eyes open and in the morning picked it back up.
so much to say about this book, obviously it is very good. Lucie is trying to walk away from her husband of 7 years who is abusive mentally and physically. While in New York on September 11 2001 a plane flies into the towers and in the craziness of the day, Lucie drops her purse and ends up picking up Charlotte's. Meaning to return it but only needed money home, she gets more involved. Don't want to spoil that part. Not what I thought would happen, the synopsis of this book doesn't give it any justice. There is so much more. Anyways, someone spies on Lucie and finds out she is trying to live someone else's life. Now Lucie is in too deep. Her husband thinks she died in the twin towers. Well don't want to give too much away. This is a twisty story with great characters. I see that there is a book 2 to this. From what I've read of the reviews, it's better to read Till The Dust Settles first. The next book is on my to read list. I bet it's just as good.
I highly recommend this book. You won't be disappointed.
I could hardly read this fast enough. The main character, a severely abused young wife, on her way to a job interview at the World Trade Center, on 9/11/01, gets caught in the middle of the worst terrorist attack in American history. From that point on, she's like Alice, pushed down the rabbit hole. I really can't say more, or it will ruin the story for you. Suffice to say, it's a really good book...and for all of the Alice in wonderland, or perhaps, princess and the pauper aspects of the story, there's enough believability for you to say, "you know, stranger things have happened to people...but not often" . I'm pretty sure I will read the sequel.
This book and its sequel are both good and I had a hard time putting them down. However, I had one big problem with both of them. The main characters are supposedly from the United States but quite often they use words and phrases that American's wouldn't use (lorry, boot, bonnet, Mum). This would make sense if it were just Lucie speaking like this since she's Scottish. However, the characters who are New Yorkers sound like they are from the UK. I feel as though the author should have used an American editor to ensure that the characters were using American English. At one point she even refers to the national anthem as God Bless America. How did nobody catch this? That said, the storyline is good and I found myself caught up in it.
This story started off explosively and accelerated. There were several twists I didn't see coming, and the ending was not what I expected. The appearance coincidence was a bit much. The entire plot hangs on this point, but overall a fun read
I was hooked from the beginning of the book. Vivid depiction of a horrible, tragic event, using a very likeable, sympathetic character to give us a small feeling of what it might have been like to be caught near the center of the 911 tragedy. Excellent writing . . . this was simply a gripping thriller that I couldn't put down. On to the sequel for me...
Lucie wants & needs a new life, to get away from her abusive husband before he kills her. Imagine literally stumbling over a new life on your way to a job interview! On the day the Twin Towers fell, Lucie's life changed forever.
Fascinated with 9/11, anyway, I picked up the Kindle version of this book, five days ago. Just finished it, a few minutes ago. Great character development and tight plot twists! Loved this story and can’t wait for the sequel!