Monday, October 12, 2020

The Churchgoer

Lost. Is a person who is lost himself capable of finding someone else who is lost? In his debut novel titled, The Churchgoer, Patrick Coleman gives readers fine writing, intriguing and unpleasant characters, twisting plot lines, and insights into our human condition. The protagonist and narrator, Mark Haines, is a surfer who had been a youth pastor and has reached a point in his life where he feels he has failed at everything. Cindy is a young drifter, who has gone missing, and Mark turns detective as he tries to find her. The California setting and noir feel invoke Raymond Chandler in some ways alongside religious fervor and laidback surfside life. Coleman deploys great skill in crafting these characters and placing tension and insight in just the right ways to satisfy many readers. An occasional perfectly crafted sentence will whack you on the head with something profound. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase The Churchgoer from

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