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Author: Karsten Knight
Release date: February 28, 2017
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 308
Formats: Paperback, eBook


Before I Fall meets Inception in this time-bending YA mystery from the author of Nightingale, Sing.

“My last thought before the black seas consume me is to wonder what morbid twist of fate allowed a prom, a proposal, an act of terrorism, 

Renata Lake thought her relationship would be the only casualty of prom. Then the bomb went off.

It was supposed to be a night to remember—a cruise through Boston Harbor, dancing beneath the stars. But when an explosion tears the ship apart, Renata wakes up in Patchwork, an ethereal world where all her memories have been stitched haphazardly together.

In order to catch the assassin who murdered her friends, she’ll have to navigate the twisted landscape of her mind and relive critical moments from her past in search of clues. Can she uncover the killer’s identity and find her way back to the man she once loved before it’s too late?

Don’t miss the twist ending of this dark, modern-day reimagining of the phoenix myth that will thrill fans of Passenger and A Thousand Pieces of You.


NOTE: This review is based on an eARC received from the author in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book. A finished Kindle eCopy was purchased for my collection.

The Review

PATCHWORK blends myth and mystery in a gripping and electrifying story of time travel, murder, heartbreak and loss, love and hope. Filled with twists and turns that will keep readers guessing, a character whose ability will make them wonder when to next, and an imaginative and fantastical world that will keep them hooked until the very end, this fast-paced, breathtaking read is not to be missed.

Renata Lake thought the worst thing that could ever happen in her life had already happened. But when tragedy strikes on prom night, she discovers just how much more she had to lose.

Reeling from the explosion, and the gunfire that followed, that killed her classmates, her friends, her boyfriend, and with no time to process what happened, she finds herself torn from one nightmare reality into another.

Except in this reality the danger to her and her loved ones isn’t over, it’s only just beginning. But unless she can figure out just what is happening to her and find out who or what is behind these violent attacks, she won’t be able to keep her friends safe. And if she isn’t able to defeat her demons, she won’t be able to even try.

Karsten Knight has delivered a unique and suspenseful read with PATCHWORK. His take on both the phoenix myth and the Osiris myth is original and interesting. He introduces key elements to his story in a way that is engrossing. He doesn’t pull any punches, making for a story that is at times shocking and at others heartrending, but he gives it balance with moments that are sweet, romantic, and heart-warming.

And once again he gives readers a strong heroine to root for, crafts a one-of-a-kind world to escape into, and doesn’t fail to surprise.

PATCHWORK is perfectly paced, exceptionally well-written, creative, moving, and incredibly exciting. And is a must for those who are looking for a read that offers a mix of genres, is different, unexpected, nail-biting, emotional.

The Rating

About the Author

Karsten Knight is the author of the historical mystery NIGHTINGALE, SING, the time-traveling thriller PATCHWORK, and the Polynesian volcano goddess trilogy WILDEFIRE (Simon & Schuster)–though some say his writing career peaked at the age of six, when he completed a picture book series about an adventurous worm. He is a graduate of College of the Holy Cross and earned an MFA in writing for children from Simmons College. Karsten resides in Boston, where he lives for fall weather, bowling, and football season. For more information on Karsten or his books, please visit


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