Billy Whitlow, one time "Don of Doo Wop", has survived his days of drink, drugs and groupies, settling now into a more peaceful life centred on his blossoming seventeen year old daughter, Bex.
Revising for her 'A' Levels, Bex visits Billy one Easter but the longed-for simplicity of father-daughter happiness is shattered one night in a local night club.
Billy's world becomes one of questions; Why is his daughter in a drug induced coma? Who put her in that state? How in the name of Hell is he going to make them pay?
Songs of Bliss is a real page turner, a real thriller. Here are a couple of the comments made be early readers:
Well, I’ve finished the book and very much enjoyed it. I think you have written a really good first novel – you have a great turn of phrase: “The jogging-bottom girls are done up to the nines” - which often made me smile and occasionally, laugh out loud. Always a good sign - Lorna Howarth, Editor of Resurgence & founder of The Write Stuff
I like stories where the hero is flawed and Billy certainly fills that bill. His flaws are what make him human and sympathetic, though, so it works well here. Love the dialogue. Makes this a good read - Burgio, commenting on Authonomy
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