Sunday, 22 February 2009

Whispers in the Sand - Barbara Erskine

The gripping suspense story is set in richly mysterious Egypt, where past and present elide. Recently divorced, Anna Coburn decides to cheer herself up by retracing a journey her great-grandmother, Louisa, a renowned artist, made in the mid-nineteenth century -- a Nile cruise from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings. Anna carries with her two of Louisa's possessions -- an ancient Egyptian scent bottle, and an illustrated diary of the original cruise that has lain unread for a hundred years. As she follows in Louisa's footsteps, Anna discovers in the diary a wonderful love story from the Victorian past, and the chilling, more distant secret of the little glass bottle. Meanwhile, two men from the tour party are showing a disturbing interest in these mementos, and developing an unfriendly rivalry for Anna's attention. And, most frightening of all, Anna finds herself the victim of a haunting, a spectral presence that grows in strength and threat as the dramatic stories from three different eras intertwine in a terrifying climax.

I only need one word to describe this book ... AMAZING, i think it's the best one i have read by her. It is so exciting and really grabs the attention. I was sad that it ended. A thoroughly enjoyable read.

I know you have this one Karan, but if anyone else would like it please let me know, otherwise i'll drop it off in the charity shop in the village next week.

Happy reading!


Rachael said...

If no one else has first dibs, could I borrow it Julie!

Julie said...

I'll post it when i go the PO this week, you'll love it.

Karan said...

Guess what I'll be reading as soon as I've finished Atlantis! LOL

Julie said...

You better get out the sleeping bag and camp out Karan, i can see you reading this one in one sitting!