Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Beneath the Shadows - Sara Foster

Beneath the ShadowsBeneath the Shadows by Sara Foster
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A gripping and tense story set in winter in the wilds of the North Yorkshire moors, an area very close to my heart.
Between the pages we meet Grace and her young daughter Millie and very briefly her husband Adam - until he mysteriously disappears, shortly after the young family move into an isolated cottage he has inherited, from his grandparents.

A year after he leaves, and doesn't return, we see Grace return to the tiny Hamlet on the moors, as far removed from her usual life in bustling London as can be and she begins to rebuild her life, face her demons and possibly find answers.
We now meet the locals, Meredith and her daughters, the enigmatic Ben, feathery Jack and many more Yorkshire locals who in such an isolated location all play a part in Graces life and her sister Annabel and long term city friend James.

There are so many questions unanswered Grace doesn't quite know who to trust, she is a little overprotective of Millie, her temper becomes fraught and as she listens to local legends and ghost stories she begins to wonder if there is something ghostly happening in her life.
This is an easy read, the story flows well and is peopled with believable characters, the tensions builds subtly and there is a hint of spookiness which build to a satisfying conclusion.
Above all its a heart warming tale about loss, motherhood and family with lots of strong female characters - right up my street.

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