'When Johanna Pattinson is forced to make a choice that runs contrary to everything she believes in, the stakes are deadly.
Pattinson's Curse is the first novel in a trilogy that follows the legal career of Johanna Pattinson: from solicitor to barrister and finally to judge. At every step the spectre of this terrible decision hangs over her, threatening to destroy all she holds dear.
Raised in a man’s world, on a sheep farm in far western Victoria, Australia, Johanna believes she has escaped her life of hardship and oppression when she begins her career as a solicitor in Melbourne in 1981.
But the legal profession attracts some powerful and twisted characters.
Four men will shape the rest of Johanna’s life: one she will love, one she will despise, one she must overcome, and another who will do his best to destroy her.
Will she be doomed forever by the decision he forces her to make, or can she escape ‘Pattinson’s Curse'?' (Source: Publisher's blurb)
'With her nemesis, former client Doctor Sergio Domieri, in gaol for murder, Johanna Pattinson begins the next phase of her career as a barrister with some optimism. She has the perfect life: a loving husband, a doting mentor, two loyal brothers and a thriving criminal law practice. Or so it seems. The shadow of the killer’s brother is always lurking, as are the secrets only the Domieri brothers know about Johanna’s past. To make matters worse, she never seems to be able to rid herself of her old tormentors from within the profession. With Sergio’s release from prison, the stakes for Johanna become deadlier than ever. She has reached such heights that the Domieris now have the power to wield a devastating fall. Pattinson’s Rise is the second novel following the legal career of Johanna Pattinson, a girl who grew up on a sheep farm and made it in the big city.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)
'Johanna Therese Pattinson…Supreme Court Judge; Country girl come Brighton socialite; Dedicated wife; Staffordshire bull terrier lover; Lap swimmer; Chardonnay sipper; Documentary channel junkie; Serial killer...
Just as Justice Johanna Pattinson manages to eliminate one adversary, another rises to take their place. Will her torment ever stop?
In the final instalment of the Pattinson trilogy, exposure of her darkest secrets is threatened. She herself faces judgement.'
Source: Publisher's blurb.