I read a lot of fiction and romance books. These books read fast making them easy to finish. So when I come across a book that feels more literary and deeper I have a love/hate relationship with that book. I hate that it slows me down, but I love immersing myself in the words, phrases, and imagery. These books remind me of the power a book can really have. Rudiak’s book is one of those books. His vivid word choices create an in-depth picture of the struggles one family faces as the father dies from cancer. The core of this story centers around a deep secret the father holds and his need to confess his sins before he dies. It is obvious that the author took the time to create a story with substance that feels real. He creates scene after scene with well-rounded settings and action. At first, I didn’t like Peter, the main character because he is nothing like me. Then I liked him and found him more relatable. Then I didn’t like him again. Then I did. (I think you get the idea). I look forward to reading the next part of this story.
Peter Thornton is a man in his early fifties with two problems: one professional and the other medical. He is a lawyer, and some of his clients are prominent members of the Manchester underworld. The diagnosis of a brain tumour turns his world upside down and forces him to confront matters from his past that he would rather have kept hidden.
His daughter has never liked what he does for a living, and she has always wanted to find out how much dirt is on his hands. She is surprised to find there is blood in the dirt, and that her father is only half to blame. His confession tempts her to search for the other party involved, which will lead her into the path of people who like to keep their business away from prying eyes.
Peter has kept his professional and private lives separate for over twenty years, but now his daughter’s overconfidence will undo all that effort and force him to face his past, and thus acknowledge what fractured his family while he was too busy to notice.
Meet the Author:
Many years ago I entertained the idea of writing a story about the ethical issues and moral dilemmas of euthanasia (or assisted dying, to use its alternative name). Such a project made no commercial sense, but the idea stayed with me and I wrote it out. The result is a longer story than I ever imagined, which I have published as three books.
The story is a family drama set in and around Manchester. The North-West of England is where I was born and raised, and where I still live.
I have written a blog about the story of my story, along with my opinions on writing and the ethical issues raised in my work. It can be found at paul–rudiak.blog and should be read as a narrative from bottom to top.