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The Charter [Paperback]

Gillian E Hamer
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1 May 2012
Sarah Morton hopes discovering the truth about the 1859 wreck of the Royal Charter will silence the demons of her past. But,tormented by visions and threats on her life, Sarah fears the ship may claim her as its final victim.

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  • Paperback: 396 pages
  • Publisher: G E Hamer (1 May 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 0957193203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957193208
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,151,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in the industrial Midlands, Gillian's heart has always yearned for the wilds of North Wales and the pull of the ocean.

A Company Director for twenty years, she has written obsessively for over a decade, predominantly in the crime genre. She has completed six full length novels and numerous short stories.

After completing a creative writing course, she decided to take her writing to the next level and sought representation. She is a columnist for Words with Jam literary magazine, a regular theatre goer and avid reader across genres.

She splits her time between Birmingham and a remote cottage on Anglesey where she finds her inspiration and takes long walks on deserted beaches with her Jack Russell, Maysie.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Story telling at it's best 11 Jun 2012
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This is an excellent, extremely faced paced story of greed and intrigue. Sarah Morton returns to her birthplace to bury her father and without any delay is immersed into a heart-breaking, series of events. Sarah's father who on first introduction is a slightly eccentric old professor with a bit of drink problem and a penchant for the dramatic has not left anything as simple as a will and Sarah must stumble through a myriad of cryptic clues. With the warning `Trust No-one' ringing in her ears and the death of more than her father to cope with. Sarah has to make some decisions. Can she rely on anyone?

The rugged beauty of the Welsh coast setting adds to the sense of urgency and drama in the writing. The descriptions of the intense weather leave you feeling a tad out of breath and wide-eyed. I enjoyed how much the characters instilled emotion in me. The sympathy for Sarah, how much misery can one individual endure? The impatience with Luke, give her time man! The affection for Grandma Ruth. But my feelings formed and then reformed for Owen.

If I was one of these obsessive types who orders my library in genre order. I would not know where to put this one. Crime novel? Ghost Story? Historic Account? Adventure Story? It doesn't matter. It all works beautifully together. The elements as diverse as they seem sometimes just fit, which of course is down to old fashioned, damn good story telling.
The author has done a fabulous job, she doesn't leave any loose ends or questions unanswered. Which is no easy task given the intricacies of the tale. I thoroughly enjoyed this read and will be recommending it to anyone that will listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it... 23 Sep 2012
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Sarah Morton returns to the Anglesey village of Moelfre to attend her father's funeral, and as she goes back to the brooding house on the edge of the cliffs, she begins to realise that long buried secrets threaten, not just the present, but also the past. Beautifully written, this story literally bounds along at top speed, there is never a lull in the narrative as with expert skill the author combines historical legend, with a modern day murder mystery. The Charter works so well on all levels, the historic legend of the Royal Charter forms the basis of the story, but the present day murder mystery is equally compelling, and just as absorbing. The rapport with the characters is instantaneous, they are so finely drawn you can almost imagine them as people you know, and as the gradual layering of the present and the past combine, the stark truth begins to emerge of lives ruined by grief and despair.

With the author's fine attention to detail, the stark coastal beauty of Anglesey comes gloriously alive. The legacy of the shipwreck lives on, and as the story unfolds, you can easily imagine that you are standing on the edge of the cliff path looking out over Dulas Bay, with the tang of salt and seaweed in the air, and the beleaguered ship, The Royal Charter, being tossed like a puppet in the churning waters of the Irish Sea.

It's not often that a book comes along which covers all your favourite genres in one fell swoop, but, for me, The Charter is definitely one such book. Gillian Hamer writes with the passion of one who knows Anglesey well, and with great skill and imagination has turned this passion into a cracking good story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable... 30 Sep 2012
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What first attracted me to this one was the setting - Moelfre is one of my favourite places on Anglesey, and my father has told me stories about the sinking of the Royal Charter since I was a small child. But this book has a bit of everything - really vivid and well-drawn characters, a strong sense of place, good dialogue, a rattling good story, a murder mystery, a touch of the supernatural, a treasure hunt, a thriller and adventure story, and well researched history backing it all up. A wonderful read, and can't wait for her next in December - totally unputdownable.
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A mystery story with elements of ghostly happenings set against a real historical background, The Charter, is a novel of many parts. The characterisations are excellent, in particular those of the detective, Danny, of Grandma Ruth, and of Owen, a man we never meet while he's alive. The descriptions of Anglesey and the coast are also a highlight of this unusual novel, being both dramatic enough to scare the reader and enticing enough to make her want to visit immediately.

The historical aspects are fascinating and well-researched but never overdone, giving us glimpses of a sad story that echoes down into the present.

As the protagonist, Sarah, untangles the strange web of clues left by her narcissistic father, she also unravels secrets of her own life and that of her mother. The ending was not quite what I expected but the writing is so good it kept me hooked to the last.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully atmospheric and a real page-turner 14 Jun 2012
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This is a debut novel by a very talented writer. I adored it. Set in Anglesea, the novel oozes atmosphere and the author's knowledge of, and love for, the landscape she's writing about is clear on every page. This is a compelling crime novel with ghostly overtones that will keep you reading until late into the night as, along with the protagonist, you try to solve the mystery of her father's death. Somehow, we know this is linked to a terrible shipwreck that happened off the coast of Port Lynas over a hundred years earlier.
The author moves easily between the contemporary world of Sarah Morton and the harrowing images and memories of the shipwreck from the perspective of one of its young victims.
The plot is a classic. Sarah comes home to bury her estranged father. This means returning to Port Lynas and the family home - a hulking mansion perched above the cliffs, at the scene of the famous shipwreck. It soons become clear that the death of Sarah's father isn't as clear cut as it seems and, as Sarah races to reveal the truth, her own life, and that of those close to her, becomes threatened.
It is an utterly gripping read. Compelling from start to finish, this accomplished novel is a real page turner. The ending is utterly satisfying and you will finish this novel wanting to know where you can get your hands on another book by this author. Let's hope we don't have to wait too long
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent murder mystery with a touch of fantasy
The death and funeral of Sarah Morton’s reclusive father brings her back to her North Wales birthplace. Read more
Published 3 months ago by RoyMcC
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
An excellent thriller, thoroughly enjoyable read - and I guessed the wrong person! nice bit of misdirection. A strong recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Kate
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately disappointing.. :-(
This story started off really really well, a good steady intriguing
Pace, full of suspense, a definite page turner! Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. J. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, realistic characters
I don't like reviews which tell the story, so I'm not going to.

This book is a very good read, the type of book you look forward to getting a moment to sit down and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by K. Rutherford
3.0 out of 5 stars Gillian Hamer - the Charter
Okay, plots are getting wierder. First novel - reincarnation, this, the second novel uses ghosts as an essential element in the story line. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Keith Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient and modern
This book had everything, a long history and a new slant on the present. Kept me on the edge of my seat turning pages. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs. E. Jessel
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive stuff!
A debut novel from Hamer, and an example of very accomplished storytelling. She manages to pull off the difficult feat of combining the here and now (the story of Sarah, attempting... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tara Arcana
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'cracking' read
The Charter is one of those books, that you think about during the day, whilst doing other things. I usually read at night, but I found I couldn't wait that long, to find out what... Read more
Published 19 months ago by reddragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild and spooky Wales
A GOOD story well told is always great to read, and this one cracks along with atmosphere. The setting is wild Wales, the coast of Anglesea. Read more
Published on 19 July 2012 by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Book With A Wonderful Blend Of Genres
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The first thing that hit me with this novel was the drama and beauty of the writer's descriptions of the rugged Welsh coast. Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by SilverShadow
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