Monday Book Review: The Charter


http://www.amazon.com/Charter-Gillian-Hamer-ebook/dp/B0080JOA7W/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1388420494&sr=1-1&keywords=the+charter

Book Description

Publication Date: December 8, 2013
Sarah Morton hopes discovering the truth about the 1859 shipwreck of the Royal Charter will silence the demons of her past.

But, tormented by visions and threats on her life, Sarah fears the ship may claim her as its final victim.

Set along the dramatic and dangerous Anglesey coastline, The Charter is a story of greed and forgiveness — when the treasures of the past evoke the crimes of today.

My Take

Having never read Gillian Hamer before, I did not know what to expect but the short description caught my attention. It is difficult writing about one small section of the world but Gillian does a fine job describing the Northern Anglican coastline without frivolous detail that bogs down a story. The setting is as much a character as the people, both past and present. She uses the Old House, far and away from neighbors and towns, setting on an oceanside point of the island, where a lonely ghost seeks redemption for her family.

The characters are well-written, however, the detectives are rather one-dimensional and a bit stuck in a detective almost a columbo-bungler in a way. Always too late to see anything, after the fact and people running through the scene but does add the element of authority.  The plot is well-paced, nothing was rushed or left out, and nothing was added in as filler that I could read.

The Charter was an enjoyable read and I would give 4 1/2 stars.

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