Shirley LaPlanche

journalist / photographer / author

The Fatal Path

The Fatal Path is a tense drama set in modern times against the magnificence of the Sydney harbour and the south coast beaches.

The Fatal Path is a tense drama set in modern times against the magnificence of the Sydney harbour and the south coast beaches. It is into this setting that the twin girls of this story are born.

With creative parents and a beautiful home their lives are destined for success until one overhears a family secret that will destroy her trust in human nature. A toxic element engulfs the family as each one, in their own way, struggles to cope with an increasing unease triggered by lies, a fire, adultery, betrayal and the conceivable crime of murder.

The twins ski in America and compete for the Queen’s Prize at the famous Bisley National Shooting Centre in England: both are experts with a full-bore rifle. They buy a beach house and have chic parties and lovers, but can they overcome the secret that threatens to turn their worlds apart. And why is one seeing a psychiatrist?

The family secret has triggered two powerful human weaknesses – the drive to hold power over another person and the need for revenge at whatever the cost.

Shirley LaPlance The Fatal Path

The chill of not knowing who to trust will hold you in its grip. A clock is ticking as alone in her room Lucy listens to it counting down the minutes to the instant when her twin will enter … and the truth will be known.

All is not as it seems in this intelligent psychological thriller as it twists and turns to the disturbing and unexpected final pages.

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