Wednesday, 19 August 2015

#Bookreview River of Destiny by Barbara Erskine

River of DestinyRiver of Destiny by Barbara Erskine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very entertaining read. It is set in three periods, Saxon, Victorian and the modern day. It is nicely written and easy to read. The tale is compelling and keeps you hooked. It's a ghost story with a twist that there a flashbacks to the different periods and it is quite creepy with ghostly ships on a river. It is not too creepy, however, and it is more a mystery tale solving crimes/murders. The different periods link well and are linked by various aspects including a old statue from the Old Gods. There are plenty of twists to keep you interested and it's a nice twist how infidelity is independent of period. I particularly liked the Saxon period and descriptions and felt that was very nicely detailed and researched.

It was good enough that I am reading Lady of Hay. However, I am finding that much heavier to read and over long. Whereas the formula of flashbacks and interconnected personalities over time works very well in River of Destiny I do think Lady of Hay is overlong.

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