A stranger enters the inner sanctum of the Ashby family posing as Patrick Ashby, the heir to the family's sizeable fortune.
The stranger, Brat Farrar, has been carefully coached on Patrick's mannerisms, appearance and every significant detail of Patrick's early life, up to his thirteenth year when he disappeared and was thought to have drowned himself.
It seems as if Brat is going to pull off this most incredible deception until old secrets emerge that threaten to jeopardise the imposter's plan and his very life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 06/08/2009
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780099536840
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Review by CatyM
Foundling Brat Farrar has been carefully coached to impersonate twenty-year-old Patrick Ashby, the heir to a significant fortune who has been missing, presumed dead, for eight years. But who is he really? If he's not Patrick, why does he look so much like Simon Ashby, Patrick's surviving twin? And what really happened on the cliffs eight years before?A superbly-drawn set of characters and a wonderful story of suspense. Not a mystery in the standard mould, but a very entertaining puzzle with a very tense denouement. Only the slight hints of soppiness and cliché in the last couple of chapters stop it from scoring a perfect 5.
Review by LARA335
Interesting plot, and the characters were charming. This could have worked even better as an epic - I did find (except for the horse-show) much of the action telescoped and given as a summary.