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5.0 out of 5 stars A punch above your average beach read, 13 Aug 2013
This review is from: Secrets of the Sea House (Kindle Edition)
This haunting novel is a master in creating a sense of place and atmosphere.

Ruth and Michael have just moved into the dilapidated Sea House on the Hebridean Island of Harris. Everything should be perfect but Ruth feels she is being haunted and finds herself pushing her beloved Micheal away. While redecorating, the couple make a horrific discovery: buried beneath the floorboards are the tiny bones of a dead child. A mermaid child. Ruth cannot rest until she discovers why the poor creature was buried there.

In 1860 the young and handsome Reverend Alexander Ferguson struggles to find peace in his new home: the Sea House. Unaware of the suffering his landlord is causing to most the islands inhabitants, Alexander strives to discover the link between the recently sighted mermaid and his own Selkie history while being the rock of his new community. As he teaches his maid Moira to read and write, she begins to understand his own naivety which could lead to dangerous obsessions.

Gifford has weaved these two stories together with an experienced hand and shimmering thread. Spooky, intriguing and urgent, the book will keep you riveted to its satisfying conclusion. Ruth is an almost fatally flawed heroine whose strength of character sees her triumphing over many devastating discoveries; you feel proud of her by the end.

Dark and magical, the atmospheric story is a punch above your average beach read.

Reviewed by Nikki Mason on behalf of BestChickLit.com.
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