David the Penance List

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AuthorHouse, 2009 - Fiction
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Several years ago author Siobhan C. Cunningham came face to face with a brutal serial attacker who put fear into the hearts of vulnerable girls living in basement flats across the capital. Trapped in a doorway with the evil beast, Cunningham looked into his handsome face, and into his cold, calculating eyes and wondered where his evil came from? What filled a human heart with such contempt for others? a few years later the haunting fictional character of DAVID was born and made his debut in her novel - the Penance List, book one of the David Trilogy. The Penance List is being adapted to feature film. a stylish, thought-provoking and at times wickedly humorous and sexy psychological drama. Through powerful flashbacks, we follow DAVID's journey from angelic altar boy to disturbed and psychotic killer, grabbing our hearts on the way, shocking us and daring us to feel empathy for the boy and understanding for the man. For DAVID is a victim himself - his beauty and vulnerability a curse. DAVID loses his virginity to an abusive Headmaster of a Home Counties public school, loses his spurned heart to his bullying sister's best friend and loses his alcoholic parents to a car crash. DAVID finally cracks. Finding solace in the science lab, he takes control of his life through the 'god-like' dissection of rats, mice and finally, those who harm him. Moving to London, DAVID grows into an Adonis-like lothario, inhabiting the capital's colourful underbelly - a world of ex-SAS officers and high-class hookers. He emerges as a sexual 'tour de force' indulging his carnal appetites, first with his sister Helen's boyfriend Seb, a roguishly attractive fashion photographer and then with her best friend, Chelsea career girl Tara, whom he prises away from her lover, Franco an aristocratic Italian football star. As Tara and her glamorous girlfriends meet for girlie lunches they have no idea that they are being stalked by a sexual predator. Their crazy world of irreverent fun is shattered as DAVID wreaks his havoc – first moving into the apartment above Tara's and then spying on her every move. DAVID uses the wealth of his inheritance, the memory of his pained childhood, and his seductive good looks to trap and torture those who have harmed and betrayed him. As Tara's world slowly crumbles, DAVID manipulates her, seduces her and takes her prisoner for DAVID seeks penance and wants revenge. Set in glitterati London, the leafy Home Counties and the spectacular Amalfi Coast, the Penance List is a stylish, sexy and contemporary drama.. But this is no ordinary drama - for the Penance List is complex like its protagonist – working its mix of tragedy and comedy on many levels. www.thedavidtrilogy.com

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