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The Charter by [Hamer, Gillian]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 396 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: G.E. Hamer (8 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0080JOA7W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 30 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,990 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Sept. 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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By Welsh Annie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Sept. 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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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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