This is the fourth in the series by Sarah Rayne which feature Michael Flint, and the antiques dealer Nell West. (The author has also published several other ‘ghost’ books which do not feature this pair.) I have read quite a few of the author’s books, and enjoyed them. In this book Michael goes to Fosse House to investigate papers held by the elderly owner Luisa Gilmore about a choir in a remote Belgian convent. There he finds himself seemingly haunted by whispers – could they belong to a young man who was incarcerated in the infamous Holzminden camp during the First World War? And what link does Fosse House have to Holzminden?
In this story we get to see more of the character of Michael, who in the previous books has been more of a second fiddle to Nell’s own ‘ghost’ experiences. This was a good opportunity for the author to build Michael’s character, and was good to see. The book is largely seen through the eyes of the writers of old papers and letters, and the haunting links back a century ago remind us how horrific the experience of war was.
This is a good book; like all the Flint and West books it is perhaps a little formulaic, but it’s not a bad formula, and the results are enjoyable, readable and engrossing stories.
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