A married woman’s seemingly harmless flirt turns into an escalating nightmare when she winds up in court fighting for her life.
The central character in this suspenseful psychological thriller which is set against the background of Cape Town and the West Coast of South Africa is Margot Rowlands, a strong-minded woman who in her early forties has lost none of her youthful attractiveness and rules her life and her family with a firm hand.
Beset by thoughts of her oncoming middle years she is, in hind sight, an easy victim for Darren, a roving stud about town and half her age. But what she palms off to herself as a harmless flirt develops into an obsessive affair, becoming for her an escape into a secret world.
A talented amateur actress, she uses her acting abilities to cover up her underlife, a balancing act which collapses when her affair is abruptly ended by a tragic accident and she is charged with murder. The exposure leaves her family in ruins and her once orderly life in chaos. Seeking to escape the burdens of guilt while trying to prove her innocence, she becomes the victim of a tragic fate which has its roots in her secret past.
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A Must Read Page Turner!
It often takes me about two weeks to finish most books – especially with a full time job and two small children that make it hard to keep my eyes open when I finally have the chance, however, this dramatic journey kept me alert. I, like many, enjoy a good psychological thriller – but this one had all the elements needed to make it a great one! I found myself finding spare moments throughout the day to get in “just a few more pages”. The Final Curtain, by David Fisher, is well-written, intense and full of those twists and turns that keep you focused – especially on Margot. Although extreme at times, you can easily understand how one can spiral when struggling with faded youth and the gnawing feeling of “ordinary” or “average”. You take a mental, often graphic, roller-coaster ride with her and her family…which at times, left me rereading passages with my mouth wide open because they were too good to not experience again. I highly recommend this book. It will definitely keep you awake…and even surprised at the end! Well done!
This story is set in Africa, post Apartheid but still very traditional in terms of women’s roles. Margot, a middle aged woman involved in acting, working part time as a pharmacist is feeling old and somewhat dissatisfied with her life. We’re told early one she also has a hidden past. Is her daughter’s upcoming graduation the trigger to her attempts to feel young again? Or is it something more internal to her, related to that unknown past?
Fisher provides bits and pieces of a complex puzzle, including some of the politics and social norms. At times predictable, at times graphic, the story unfolds as Margot’s motivations and actions take twists and turns leading her to behaviors not fathomable and acknowledged by her husband. He wonders about her behavior, but it is only her daughter who starts to question the illusion of the happy family life. Readers with an interest in mental illness, and its effects on family and friends will like this evolving story, and many will wonder where the line is between playing a role and real life.
By Linda “Dog lover”
A Gripping Thriller
I found David Fisher’s The Final Curtain to be a mesmerizing read. The story of a middle-aged woman, experiencing what seems to be at first an ordinary mid-life crisis, soon escalates into sex, murder, mayhem and madness. The characters, especially the protagonist, Margot, are complex and believable. The setting is in post-apartheid South Africa and the infusion of different cultural elements enhances the story and draws the reader in. The plot moves along effortlessly and it is a book that is difficult to put down.
If you are a lover of psychological thrillers, I am sure that you will enjoy The Final Curtain. Highly recommended.
By J.M. Northup
Interesting and Refreshing!
This was an interesting book to read. It was a refreshing story line with realism, romance, and a glimpse into the human psyche of the melancholy of ageing. I look forward to more of David Fisher’s work!
I really enjoyed the setting, as I haven’t read much about life in Africa. I thought it was well written, particularly considering he main character is a female and the author is not. I also enjoyed the paranormal elements of the African tribal lore. This was a fascinating story on many levels.
This novel follows the outlandish fate of bored housewife Margot as her pursuit of solutions to her …
This novel follows the outlandish fate of bored housewife Margot as her pursuit of solutions to her mid-life crisis spiral out of control. The story takes a while to get going but it’s an interesting read. At times the story could be too graphic for some readers, but the author does a good job of building the complex plot lines towards a gripping, inevitable yet surprising conclusion. Anyone into psychological thrillers can’t help but to enjoy Fisher’s latest offering.
By Amazon Buyer
A captivating story
This is a captivating story, set in Cape Town, South Africa. The author has wrote a thrilling, physiological drama, which I thoroughly enjoyed. It is well written an edited, and the author has a natural ability to suck you into the story and make you become invested in the characters. Although graphic at times, I felt this was justified and added to the drama of the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and will be looking out for more work from David Fisher.
By Alex “e.s.p. press “
An exciting and mysterious thriller which I would recommend.
The Final Curtain was a gripping story that captured my attention with its raw psychological drama. The characters and their stories were both very well written. There were some very intense and graphic aspects of this book. However, these were appropriate to the setting and the subject matter I felt. Overall, this was an exciting and mysterious thriller which I would recommend.
By George Wilder Jr.
Beautifully and very well written. Good formatting. David Fisher is about as good as a storyteller can be. This is one damn good page turner. There is no doubt, Fisher has a pulse on what most America readers want. This is a wonder read, this is a wonderful story. Highly Recommended.
Interesting story. It kept you reading to see what was going to happen next. Surprise ending. Would recommend reading it.
By Nik G
I did not finish the book, right now I’m at page 176, but so far it’s great. The South African setting is something new, usually its US or Europe so this is refreshing. So far I do not think this book will have a happy ending but that is usually the case with great reads. A very complex psychological drama, great read so far.
By Oliver Kingham
Tight Writing and a Thrilling Plot
It is rare for me to pick up a mystery thriller, but this one is certainly worth it. From the opening paragraph, the novel drives on with ever-building suspense. The writing is tight, and the dialogue crackles. A good plot should be unpredictable, but at the same time inevitable, and David Fisher certainly delivers here.
By Brian Esp
Couldn’t stop reading it
This book is a real page turner. I barely noticed that a few hours have passed by reading it. There’s a lot of tension and drama built in this book.
By Dusty Northup
I don’t read a lot, but my wife asked me to read this book and I’m glad she did. It was a good story line and I recommend it to other readers.
By Blue Bird “Vincent Duffy”on September 23, 2014 (5 stars)
I truly enjoyed this book, every line had my attention as to what was going to happen next.