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A Perfect Sentence

A portrait of a modern family in crisis, a moving love story and a chilling narrative of revenge, A Perfect Sentence moves swiftly from London through Florence, the South of France and Morocco and ends dramatically in Barcelona's cosmopolitan Barri Gotic.

Kier Buchan, a fifty-something Londoner who has recently been made redundant by the Open University, is disaffected and wryly bitter. He is the father of brainy Charlie who is heading for graduate school in America and of teenager Cat who is heading nowhere. His cool, sensible wife Fran feels his disquiet but cannot connect. Kier recounts his role in the break-up of his family and an entanglement in an inappropriate relationship with a much younger woman which he dares to hope will lead to an escape from his old self.


“It is exceptionally well written and the characters are well developed to the point where Cassie's intrigue and depth are palatable. I found it difficult to put down. A brilliant work about a tormented soul.”

Michelle Scalia (Reviewer)

“I couldn't put this book down. With well developed characters, a non-linear plot and most of all a dynamic lead character, this book's a treat.”

Dora Archie Okeyo (Reviewer)

“It's an entertaining read and a well written story.”

Fiction of Relations

“Whether you call it a mid-life crisis or the 'grass is greener' syndrome, Keir should have everything he wants yet he has serious issues with his marriage, his employment and his family. The story is wonderfully written… with clever detail and dialogue. It is an exploration and exposition of human relationships and how fragile and precarious they are.”

Peter Donnelly (Reviewer)

“I loved everything about this novel and found myself not being able to put it down.”

Sherri Thacker (Reviewer)

“I admire the skill with which the author has cleverly woven the non-linear plot, the characters are well drawn and never wholly sympathetic. The Perfect Sentence is a good read, and a cautionary tale.”

Jo Chatterley (Reviewer)

“What a great read! I was hooked from page one! Loved the book!”

Cara Brown (Reviewer)

“A Perfect Sentence by author Patrick Starnes is an awesome book! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great read!”

Keirstin Smith (Reviewer)

“The novel’s rich imagery is powerful… it’s told with such flair, that it’s impossible to tear our eyes away from Buchan’s train wreck of a life.”

Swiftly Tilting Planet

“The writing itself was luscious, I loved the style and verbiage used by the author, indeed that is what pulled me in.”

Valery Elias (Reviewer)

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