Top positive review
Very gripping read
23 September 2018
My Review of Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming.
I read Ravens Gathering in just over two days as it was hard to put down. I enjoyed the fast-paced and gripping storyline, also the chapter sizes are good, even if you want to read it in parts. I was captivated by the way the return of a long-traveled son called Martin and the appearance of a flock of Ravens set the tone of some horrible acts and village scandals. More than that this book keeps you guessing and the clever way it does this is head jumping from character to character throughout different chapters, with each character’s thoughts throwing another’s actions into question. By the time I got to the end, even my cats seemed confused to exactly who was behind village destruction.
The story itself follows Martin as he returns to the village to reconnect with his family, however, they are not that happy to see him and tries to block his attempts to stick around. But when Martin meets Tanya, he sees his chance to let her flirty ways gain him a bed for the night. But after a murder, a brutal accident and all fingers pointing his way. how can he leave? Is he really behind such horrible acts or is it the raven lurking in the woods? Maybe something even darker? You’ll have to read this book to find out.
I found Tanya and Ian’s characters very intriguing because they both seemed to lack something in their relationship towards each other, yet deep down they both felt as if they wanted the same thing, love companionship, and closeness. But because of the difference in their actions and personality, it seemed they more accepted their life together instead of really felt emotionally connected.
I also like the supernatural dreamlike feel to some parts of this story, it felt at times as if Martin was stuck in a nightmare trying to get his soul. I thought this was well written and showed a lot more to Martin’s personality as well as at times made you really feel for him, but there were also times when you don’t want to like him all. This contrast in personality made Martin a well-developed character.
The end was very surprising and unexpected, but not at all disappointing…In fact, I liked the ending and wished for more… Would there be a return of the Ravens? Who knows. But this is well worth a read if you like: thrillers with a supernatural twist and a lot of mystery driven by the many interesting and different characters.