Thursday, 30 July 2015

Neil Grimmett

This is the second book I've read by this author and it's increased my admiration for his tale-telling ability. 

My review - 

This excellent story takes place on the island of Crete. Kirsty is a Scottish woman who left home to run a kafenion on the island following a divorce. A beautiful girl, Eleni, and her new husband, Patrick, come for their honeymoon and old memories are stirred up. Memories and enmities. Treachery and betrayal during WWII echo down the years and Eleni, with a half-Greek mother, is drawn in. Kirsty is determined to find the couple when they disappear in strange circumstances.

This is a tightly-written and exciting thriller which saw me carrying my kindle around for two days unable to let go. There is some breathtaking writing and some thoughtful comment on the concept of vendetta and how family honour can seem to overtake and overwhelm a whole life. It's not something we and Kirsty understand but by seeing it through Cretan eyes we find an inevitable struggle and a final acceptance. Highly recommended.

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