'All She Ever Wanted' tells the story of Chrissie Ryan - a girl who believes that, by reinventing herself as the person she has always dreamed of being, she can leave the pain of her abusive childhood behind her.
It explores such timeless themes as the terrible consequences of bullying and parental abandonment, as well as the modern belief that fame is a wonder drug that can cure all ills.
Patrick says of All She Ever Wanted - "As with all my previous books, the central issue is control: in this case the need for Chrissie to feel in control of herself and those around her. Control is a form of protection and, as with all my lead characters, Chrissie is someone who has spent much of her life feeling powerless and will do anything to avoid ever having to feel like that again."
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From the moment his first book 'The Wishing Game' was described as "Stephen King meets Patricia Highsmith", people have found Patrick's work hard to categorise. Though generally classed as psychological thrillers, the dominant emphasis has always been on psychology.
Patrick says of his work "Since childhood I have always been fascinated by criminology. I used to devour true crime books and the work of people like Colin Wilson which examined how often the most ordinary people can end up committing the most terrible crimes.
To use a cliche, there is good and bad in all of us, and in my work I am always exploring how a particular set of circumstances can drive people to behave in ways that may seem quite natural to them but shocking to the rest of us."