A Perfect Sentence – Patrick Starnes

21 October 2018
A Perfect Sentence Book Cover A Perfect Sentence
Patrick Starnes
April 5, 2018

A dark, suspenseful novel about a fifty-something man who loses his way, and his incendiary relationship with a younger woman.


Whether you call it a mid-life crisis or the ‘grass is greener’ syndrome, Keir should have everything he wants in life, yet he has serious reassurance issues with his marriage, his job and his family. The story is wonderfully written to illustrate a malcontent middle-aged man, fearing being trapped in a relationship, loss of individually, and an end to life’s opportunities and excitements.

Keir’s wife, Fran, is a clever woman aware of his past infidelities but is trying to keep the marriage together. Keir and Fran have 2 children, Charlie, besotted by the new love of his life Cassie, and en-route to MIT, and Cat a teenage Goth too cool to be associated with parents. Cassie is a free-spirited, straight talking, non-committal woman, that suggests excitement with that little bit of enticing abandonment. In truth, I didn’t care much for any of the characters although they were well developed. Keir, I just couldn’t warm to.

In the end, the marriage fails and Keir jumps into a hypnotic seductive relationship with Cassie. They travel around Europe in an infatuated reality, developing its own set of challenges. Every action or lack of action has a consequence, so what are the consequences for Keir and Cassie when the infatuation wears off?

The Perfect Sentence is a well-written book with clever detail and dialogue. It is an exploration and exposition of human relationships and how fragile and precarious they are, especially left in the hands of human beings. The perfect relationship match is so difficult to find and many of the issues covered are more reflective of the norm in society today. We are irrational beings, however, we have a judicial system, morals and an ethical conscience to keep our actions in check should we stray too far. This book pushes the limits as a self-destruct attitude sets in.

I couldn’t really empathise with any of the characters. Certain scenes did ramble a bit but overall a steady pace to the story. I would rate this book 3.5 so not quite sure whether to round up or down.

Many thanks to Thistle Publishing and NetGalley for an ARC version of the book in return for an honest review.

Peter Donnelly

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