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High-flying trader Dean Harrison has it all – the London penthouse apartment; the fast car; the beautiful wife. But when the threads of Dean’s life start to unravel, they do so with alarming speed. Following the advice of a frail stranger, Dean sets off for Welnetham Hall Hotel and is plunged into the mysterious world of Room 119 – a world where nothing makes sense. How does everyone in the hotel know his name? Why does he travel there on a train line that shut down over fifty years ago? And who is the sinister man in black who pursues him wherever he goes? As he gradually pieces together the puzzle of Welnetham Hall, Dean is forced to re-evaluate his life and realises that nothing is more important to him than his wife and daughter. Desperate to get back to them, he vows he would lay down his life for the people he loves.
Self-centred, materialistic and living the good life Dean Harrison is a far throw from your stereotypical protagonist but in Lince's capable hands he proves a smart creation. A multi-genre read, The Whitby Trader – Room 119 finds its niche somewhere between the realms of mystery, visionary and fantasy genres and for a debut novel it certainly packs a powerful punch. Underpinned by a fast-forward narrative that is perfectly suited to Lince's plot and it’s time-shifting structure it’s a novel that might well have become a victim of its own cleverness but Lince is sure to keep it grounded throughout. Yes, there’s a phantom fairground, a darkly mysterious clown and a meeting with death but as plot devices, they lend themselves to timely misdirection that is both ingenious and engrossing as Lince proffers a unique and original perspective on the complexities of life and the moments that define us. Often thought provoking this makes for an engrossing read that is carried on strong characters, Lince's fine ear for dialogue and an ability to leverage relationship dynamics in a way that feels wholly authentic.
A highly enjoyable debut that makes T. F. Lince an author to watch, The Whitby Trader – Room 119 is highly recommended and an absolute must-read.
Trev Lince originates from Marske-by-the-Sea on the north-east coast of England, but now lives in Darlington with his wife, Claire. Their daughter, Annie, is a very good guitarist and is setting up a band, playing every pub in the north-east that she can. She’s so rock and roll, living the dream while her father is approaching his mid-life crisis. A keen golfer and frustrated Middlesbrough FC fan, Trev gets to as many matches as work and leisure time allow. He writes in what little spare time he has, when not working as an IT Consultant for a major oil company in Surrey. Room 119 – The Whitby Trader is Trev’s first book and he really enjoyed the experience of writing it. Who knows? He may have a few more stories bursting to get out of his head. He would like to thank you for reading his debut novel.
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