Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Beverley Carter

This is a longer mystery by Beverley Carter. I loved the way the story created a web of intrigue - then unravelled it!

Swallowfields Swallowfields

My review - 

A young woman, Hannah, inherits a house from her aunt and moves in with her two daughters.  We learn about her aunt, her mother, her step father, but mostly about the family who lived in that house earlier.  Her uncle was a strange man with a murky past.  There was a tragedy in the house – we find out about that as the tension mounts.  Through a complex network of deceit and lies, we find out how one person covering up to protect another can create a web of intrigue which throws a veil of obscurity over a child’s life.  It’s wonderful to be there as lifting that veil unfolds a new future for Hannah.

This is longer than Beverley Carter’s earlier novellas and therefore has the possibility for delving deeper into the characters’ lives.  There were still areas I would have liked more detail on – I’m just a nosy person!  The author has a lovely accessible writing style and always uses it to tell a great story.  This is a really good mystery tale and I enjoyed reading it very much!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much. Being such a solitary activity, when writing a story it is extremely easy to talk yourself into and out of believing in its merits. To receive such a kind review shows me that I have achieved what I set out to do - to write something that will hopefully bring a little pleasure to other people. Reviews like yours mean such a lot and give one the strength and encouragement to go on during those dark moments of self doubt!

    Thank you so much for your lovely review!

    Bev xxx