Race to read PEACE COTTAGE; then anticipate with joy the author's next.
Gritty, uncompromising, and terribly real, BONE DUST WHITE, a debut novel, is a mystery.that refuses to look away or turn its head. No hiding one's eyes here: instead, one is glued to page after page of unrelenting enhancement, puzzling out mysteries piled upon covert plots upon illegal, immoral conspiracies. Don't miss it, don't dim the lights, don't answer the phone, nor the door--you never know just whom it might be.
I HIGHLY recommend THE GUIDE, for any reader of suspense, mystery, thriller, and literary fiction. This is a very DIFFERENT kind of thriller, a mystery that is character-driven rather than plot-driven. Make no mistake--plot is here and it's excellent, very unexpected and twisty, all in a way that makes perfect sense: in the context of CHARACTER. Read ONCE for pure enjoyment; read TWICE to savour the author's excellence.
I truly think this novel is like nothing I've read before, and I found it very, very good. There is so much of horror here, of Supernatural and Paranormal, of history and contemporary life, of greed and selfishness, of dedication, honor, loyalty, and friendship. The horror (screaming horror) is approached in such a low-key manner, that like a silent jungle predator, it is on us before we realize--and then it's too late for retrieval. I also enjoyed the background, first prehistory, then 12th century, then moving forward. This is a definite candidate for re-trade!
Some novels are so powerful as to render me awe-struck; here is one of the best of those! A 36-star book, here is history and magick, poetic imagery and realistic suspension of disbelief, literate composition; Elszbet Bathory, Dr. John Dee, Edward Kelley; and a host of like able contemporary characters. I could read this book a thousand times.
Early on our protagonist Elizabeth Butler, speaking of the long-ago Mayan populace and the centuries of history intervening, states that "Christianity sits very lightly on the land." As her story unfolds, archaeologist Elizabeth -- a woman who once abandoned her marriage and family for the pursuit of her career --discovers that modernity also-- indeed, contemporary woman's grasp on consensus reality--also lies "only lightly" on this historic, nay, prehistoric, locale.