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The Black Path by Paul Burston

The Black Path

Family Drama   Thriller / Suspense   Relationship Stories   
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‘The Black Path’ is absorbing and clever, with several stories and strands weaving into one thrilling and dramatic tale. Helen fights a feeling of abandonment, her father Richard was murdered on the nearby Black Path when she was a child and her husband Owen is fighting for his country in Afghanistan. As contact from her husband starts to peter out, Helen finds support and understanding from a stranger. Paul Burston ensures an emotional connection to both Helen and Owen by including both their tales, describing thoughts and feelings as each fights their own internal war in countries far apart. Interspersed between the two tales are statements and newspaper articles, pushing forward new perspectives, allowing your questioning hackles to rise. More information is available to the reader, than either Helen or Owen, consequently there were times when I wanted to shake Helen, caution and forewarn her. The Black Path itself prowls in the background casting a menacing shadow as events start to spin towards their conclusion. ‘The Black Path’ is an emotional, gripping tale full of secrets waiting to be revealed, waiting for revenge. ~ Liz Robinson

A 'Piece of Passion' from Paul’s agent Sophie Hicks:

'My jaw dropped when I read Paul Burston's new novel The Black Path, which is a dark tale of love, lies and obsession and delves into the gritty secrets people keep and questions how well we really know those closest to us.

It's so different from Paul's previous novels and marks an exciting change of direction for Paul Burston and I devoured it in one sitting. In The Black Path we see Paul take a massive leap both in the ambition and execution of this deliciously creepy, sinister novel. I absolutely loved this book and it will appeal to fans of domestic noir and to everyone who has ever wondered about the secrets people keep. Paul Burston is writing at the top of his game and I can't wait for him to finish his next novel.' ~ Sophie, Sophie Hicks Agency


The Black Path by Paul Burston

How well do you really know those closest to you? Helen has been holding out for a hero all her life. Her father was a hero - but he was murdered when she was ten. Her husband is a hero - but he's thousands of miles away, fighting a war people say will never be won. Sometimes Helen wonders if Owen isn't the only one living in a war zone. She feels the violence all around her. She reads about it in the papers. It feeds her dreams and fills her days with a sense of dread. Try as she might, she can't escape the feeling that something terrible is about to happen. Then one night on the troubled streets of her home town, Helen is rescued from a fight by a woman who will change her life forever. Sian is everything Helen isn't - confident, glamorous, fearless. But there's something else about her - a connection that cements their friendship and makes Helen question everything she's ever known. And when her husband returns home, altered in a way she can't understand, she is forced to draw on an inner strength she never knew she had. As bitter truths are uncovered, Helen must finally face her fears and the one place which has haunted her since childhood - the Black Path.

About the Author

Paul Burston

Paul Burston is the bestselling author of Shameless, Lovers and Losers and Star People, as well as editor of several short story collections and non-fiction about the UK gay scene. He was gay correspondent for Time Out for many years and is the founder and host of the Polari LGBT Literary Salon at the Southbank Centre.

Author photo © Krystyna FitzGerald-Morris

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Publication date

15th September 2016


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Accent Press Ltd


384 pages


Family Drama
Thriller / Suspense
Relationship Stories

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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