Harry Flashman, Tom Ripley and Bryce Walker meet in a backwater town in the Wye Valley and morph into a teenager called Darren.
Darren is handsome, rich and clever, but it’s unwise to befriend him… like his classmate Leroy did. If you do his bidding and something goes wrong, you’re on your own… like Leroy was.
His Willing Marionettes is a contemporary coming-of-age novel with a nature or nature theme and an antihero you’ll love to hate.
When Leroy mysteriously drowns in the river, the lives of three of his classmates – Darren, Joel and Grace – become inextricably linked.
Leroy was Joel’s only friend. He was also Grace’s twin brother. Bound together by their common grief, they become inseparable. Darren is a bully and narcissist, with no empathy or feelings of guilt. And Leroy was also Darren’s friend. He’s jealous of Grace and Joel’s relationship and plans to split them up. Both Joel and Grace have a crush on him and Darren easily tempts them into a secret relationship with him – Grace as his girlfriend (involving underage sex) and Joel as his partner-in-crime.
But their triangle of friendship is doomed to fracture under the weight of jealousy, lies and deceit. Revenge inevitably follows, and as Darren’s hedonism spirals out of control, the safety, happiness and goals of all three of them are under threat.
But one of them has the luck of the Devil.
And only one of them can emerge unscathed.
Although ‘His Willing Marionettes’ can be read as a stand alone novel, it is Book 1 in a projected trilogy called The Main Man. Book 2 ‘Tightening His Grip’ is also available.
Book 1 will be FREE as an Amazon eBook on 21/22/23 February 2020.
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Although an avid reader from a young age, Jane Bean, now a grandmother, came to writing late, starting with short stories after joining a creative writing group. Some of these stories can be read via the Short Fiction page of her website.
After school she studied Architecture and, later, Drama. After a variety of jobs, she ended up as a self-employed antique dealer.
Jane is a cat lover and keen tennis player, and enjoys living by the sea.