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Chloe knows it’ll be tricky confronting her autocratic, alcoholic father but she’s a grown woman and it’s about time someone stood up to him. She uses all the techniques that make her successful in business to prepare herself, but none of them include finding him in his office wearing a silk dress. Unable to process what she’s just seen she steps out and shuts the door on him. When she calms down enough to open it again she discovers things can get even worse than seeing your dad in cerise silk with matching lipstick.
Having found him lying on the floor Chloe calls the paramedics and is now tasked with saving his life. But she can’t connect this man with her father; the enforcer of strict rules who wears bespoke suits and has a powerful job. In her confusion she wastes valuable time covering up his secret and he ends up dead. The policeman who attends to secure the body picks up a cerise lipstick in a gold case, which she claims as hers. She’s left with the vague unease that what she did was wrong and that the policeman might know more than he’s letting on.
Having always had a difficult relationship with her family, to the extent of avoiding them, Chloe is now forced to spend time in their company as they plan the cremation and await the autopsy. The close bond that has formed between her mother and sister in law is a source of intense irritation. Chloe also begins to realise that she barely knows her brother or the secrets ways he deals with the damage wreaked on them both by their bullying father.
As she tries to carry on with her successful career in advertising sales her personal life continues to unravel. The policeman won’t stop ringing and her pursuit of the truth behind her father’s behaviour leads her to question many of the rules she has been brought up to believe.
The Unlikely Souvenir is a Women's Contemporary Fiction novel, written in the first person, and is complete at 80,000 words.
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