Fall of the Dice
A 'crackingly good book' with serious intent, but written 'with a sure and light touch'. Fall of the Dice will enthral readers from the outset, leaving them guessing the outcome until the final paragraphs. An 'unputable down' kind of book with strong, life-like characters highly charged with suspense and emotion but at the same time uplifting for the reader. More
‘Throw dice and each can fall in one of six ways, but that’s only if the dice are true.’
Fall of the Dice is a genuinely suspenseful, highly evocative and entertaining debut. The story takes readers on a journey showing how the four main protagonists react and respond very differently to unexpected dramatic events that suddenly impact their lives and careers.
Graham Downton is an obsessively driven and highly world-acclaimed photographer. His one-on-one workshop student Tom Dixon by contrast is a long suffering loser in both life and love. Tom (Dixon) is hoping that photography tuition will help his rehabilitation but, as Graham fails to show, we soon witness the agitated state of Tom’s ‘flip-flop’ mind.
When Graham does eventually arrive, Tom encounters a pre-occupied and deeply troubled artisan. It is only in the gathering gloom at the end of the day on a cliff top overlooking the world-famous Durdle Door on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, England that Tom learns that Graham’s wife Tash has left him and plans to petition for divorce. Roles are reversed as Tom, so often in the past a recipient of counselling, attempts to become counsellor. There is a further twist, literally, when Tom trips in the gathering cliff-top gloom, suffering a severely broken ankle as a result. He is left alone in the darkness wondering whether Graham will bring help or choose to leap to his death from the Jurassic coast cliff tops.
The scene quickly involves an air ambulance, a Filipino nurse and a long term period of convalescence for Tom. Meantime, we are introduced to two very differently unfulfilled wives, an opportunistic lothario and Graham's unprincipled brother who is making great efforts to win Tash’s heart. We are also introduced to the shadowy Justin and twelve year old Hannah whose actions add terror to the rapidly escalating drama.
A real 'page-turner', True to life ‘Fall of the Dice’, with its strong sense of place, surprises the reader throughout with its generous supply of twists, turns and traps. An excellent, emotional yet uplifting read.
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