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WE’RE ALL ONE MISTAKE FROM RUIN…
Dan has worked hard for the perfect life. He has a loving wife, beautiful kids, a fabulous home and is a successful businessman.
One afternoon Dan steps onto his usual train and sees the waitress who served him an hour earlier. It all seemed so normal, but it was the most dreadful mistake. Four stops later, Dan is a criminal who has lost everything. He’d only just met her, so why did she destroy him—and why did she say ‘Sorry’?
Dan battles through a web of lies and deceit to clear his name and win his life back, but first, he needs to find out who plotted his downfall.
Well, WOW, where do I start with this one, I had been in a little bit of a reading slump, mainly down to some health issues making it difficult to focus. But the minute I started this book I was hooked. Dan had me intrigued, the reader learns very early on he hadn’t had it easy for a lot of his life, having been bullied at school and nicknamed The Mouse, the day he should have been celebrating the birth of his son Paul, his parents died in a car accident on their way to visit the young family at the hospital. This had left him numb. Then he lost his wife Nat, leaving him with his son Paul, a lot to take in early on.
But finally he is happily married to Felicity, with two children Victoria and Hugo. He stopped each morning on his way to the office and purchased a homeless veteran who had lost his leg an all day breakfast baguette, along with having a brief chat. He always had a kind word to say to the security guy Colin as he entered the corporate offices of Salamander Capital. This was the big day Dan had been working hard for with other colleagues, Julian, Ezra and Rupert they had all been equally responsible for bringing in the contacts to Salamander. The four together had quit there jobs ten years earlier and had gambled everything and now they were going to be selling their business to the KapGroup earning each one of them £100m each, although the initial payout would be just £2m followed by the further monies in two parts at later dates. Celebrations were in order, once the signing had happened Dan had called Felicity to confirm all had gone as planned, promising he would only have one drink before returning home. Dan couldn’t handle alcohol.
Elsewhere, someone was planning something else for Dan but what? Why? Who?
As the group celebrate each with champagne, Dan only having one glass starts to feel odd, he is offered more champagne but just asks for water, the more he drinks the water, the worse he feels, but isn’t sure what’s happening. The group have disbanded leaving him alone to get his tube home. But this tube ride home, will change his life as he knows it for ever.
Dan’s life is now in turmoil as no one wants to know him, his wife has changed the locks, she won’t let him see his children, he is refused entry to the offices, she has emptied all the bank accounts except for one small savings account he has had for years, which has a small sum in it.
How could his life have deteriorated within 24 hours, Dan has no idea, and now he has no one to turn to. He has to try and work out what happened, who has set him up? What had he done to deserve this? Does someone hate him so much to make this happen? He makes two new friends who help him try to sort out what has happened, because he can’t trust anyone he knows.
This is one fast paced, gripping read, where Dan spends his time trying to work out who wants to see him suffer, was it one of the three other partners after all they would gain from him not receiving all monies? The reader is constantly guessing who is behind the whole thing, you really feel for Dan, and the fact that everything changed so fast, what was scary is it could happen to anyone, more so in a time when everyone has cameras on their phones and are quick to record anything and post it on social media, causing a frenzy. Ruining a life.
I literally could not put this book down, I was trying to work out who it could be, with so many twists and turns, highs and lows, that leave your head spinning, and the ending that you literally just don’t see coming.
A brilliant first psychological thriller by Jem Tugwell I will be looking out for more by this author. This book certainly gets 5⭐️ out of 5⭐️ from me. Engrossing, gripping, believable, three dimensional,characters. A must read for 2021 I definitely highly recommend it.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jem Tugwell was born in Berkshire and Dishonoured is his first psychological thriller.
Jem’s first two critically acclaimed novels, Proximity and No Signal are exciting crime fiction novels set in the near future, featuring DI Clive Lusacc and his partner Zoe Jordan.
Jem has a crime writing MA from City University, and MBA and a BSc in Computer Science and in a past life, Jen had a successful career in IT and investment management. Jem’s loves are snowboarding, old cars and bikes. He lives in Surrey with his wife and two children.
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