DAVID - The Penance List
Cunningham's PENANCE LIST is a brave, terrifying and pulsating read fuelled by first rate storytelling; a skilled mix of romance, intense sex, sinister tension and mischievous laugh out loud, set to inject new life into the fiction market.
We follow Cunninghamís captivating psychopath, David Howard, as he stalks the movements of Londonís showbiz class, offering an ambitious and exciting thriller exposing the secrets of prostitutes, footballers, models, priests, headmasters and schoolboys,
A stylish, heart pounding thriller, based in Chelsea and the Amalfi Coast, Cunningham has it all; fear, lust, laughter, obsession, thought provoking questioins, twists and turns galore. Empathy for a killer; an understanding of a boy, but a fear for the man he becomes.
He loved being him... he got away with murder.
She loved being her... until she met him.
What becomes of a beautiful altar boy after years of sexual abuse, the loss of his mother, the loss of his faith and the loss of his one true love? He cracks.
Learning from his abusers, he turns from a cherub to a sexual tour de force, from a mummy's boy to a psychotic killer, from God to the Devil.
20yrs on, he calmly stalks and murders those he blames, absolving sins and revenging pain. We follow glamorous career woman Tara, her 'Sex and the City' girlfriends, her footballing sensation lover, his ex SAS bodyguard and fame hungry WAG, as their shallow fun-loving world is hit by the force that is David. They have no idea that their every move is being captured on film, that they are on a death list.
Magnetic, predatory, bi sexual, he wreaks havoc in the name of justice. The body count rises as Tara's luck runs out. How much blood must fall before a boy erases his past, for the worm to stop turning? 'Teacher, leave those kids alone' Pink Floyd
REVEIW ''This is an incredibly powerful piece of writing. Few could make a man they'd already shown as a monster into an object of pity. This is masterful, dark and suspenseful writing, with you expertly exploit tensions between the erotic and the macabre, and your characterisation of David is phenomenal.''
'Couldn't put it down - a real page turner. Nicely crafted, in a category all of its own and would make a great film. I look forward to the sequels. Well done'.
'The Penance List is a compelling novel. I found myself snatching it up every chance I could, wanting to see what David would do next. The book is dark, naughty...sometimes downright nasty. Cunningham will hold your attention to the very end'.
AMAZON, S Whitfield, Author