Damien March is working nightshifts in a dead-end job He hasn’t thought of his eccentric uncle Patrick for almost twenty years. One morning he receives a terse message by telegram: ‘Patrick dead. Father.’ Most surprising of all are the terms of Patrick’s will: Damien is the sole inheritor of a ramshackle house on an isolated island off the coast of Cape Cod.
The building is a storehouse of odd collections, literary memorabilia, and Patrick’s writings. Among them, Damien discovers the manuscript of an unpublished novel: The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes.
Patrick’s book is a mystery story about Sherlock Holmes’s cleverer older brother, Mycroft. As he reads it, Damien begins to notice alarming parallels between the book and Patrick’s unhappy life. The tale of murder and deception starts to take on a sinister new meaning.
The Paperchase is an award-winning examination of betrayal, family secrets, and the way we hide them.
Note: The Paperchase was published in the U.S. as The Confessions of Mycroft Holmes: A Paperchase