Setting the Record Straight
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Why I wrote this book
Setting The Record Straight has been developed over several years from an earlier idea for a film screenplay. It has been through a number of changes but the original theme is still at its core. The story describes the way people can manipulate each other, and the way love affairs and friendships can turn sour. Fundamentally it’s about emotional revenge, and the lengths people will go to exact it on someone they used to love. The novel is set in the USA where I lived and worked for three years. It is a provocative melodrama; strongly character motivated, and explores the darker side of human behaviour. I want people to read this book to get an insight into the way someone can attempt to overcome their troubled past and make a new start, but on the way cause a huge amount of emotional damage; sometimes by accident, but often on purpose.
Set in Los Angeles, New York and rural Texas, Setting the Record Straight is a complex evaluation of relationships and love.
Aged 12, Geoff Dealer was involved in a tragic incident that led to the death of two people, one of whom was his father. The fallout resulted in Geoff being separated from his family, and he has not spoken to his mother since.
Aged 32, Geoff's carefully constructed life implodes when he receives a letter from his estranged mother - she has cancer and wants a reconciliation. Soon after Geoff receives a phone message from Christine, an ex-girlfriend, who has been assaulted and is in hospital, seriously injured, and also wants to re-establish contact.
Geoff must overcome his tragic past to move forward - will the letter from his mother and the phone message from Christine be the catalyst for him to finally turn his life around?
Setting the Record Straight looks at how relationships can become twisted, examines the consequences of taking emotional revenge, and how tragic childhoods can be overcome.