My final book review of the year is Crooked Daylight by Helen Slavin and takes the number of books I have read for my reading challenge to 84 . When I set my target of 52 I was unsure if it would be reached but despite focusing on other things, such as writing, I did it. There were so many wonderful books released this year I had to keep reading and being a member of online book groups always increases the TBR list.
Book review for Crooked Daylight by Helen Slavin
Title: Crooked Daylight
Author: Helen Slavin
Genre: Paranormal, suspense
Publisher: Agora Books
Release Date: 8th Oct 2017
The Way sisters, Anna, Charlie and Emz, were raised in two worlds. Their mother’s realm of reason, measurement and logic, and the world inhabited by their spectacularly unconventional grandmother, Hettie.
While their mother worked, the sisters ran wild at Hettie’s Cob Cottage, discovering forbidden Pike Lake, unknowable Havoc Wood, and what their grandmother referred to only as ‘The Strengths’.
But time passed, the sisters grew up, work and relationships and their mother’s world won them over, and The Strengths lay forgotten…
That is until Hettie passes away suddenly, leaving behind Cob Cottage and a whole lot of questions.
Anna is busy trying very hard not to cry as she caters yet another wedding, Charlie is spending more time at the job she loves than with the boyfriend she’s not quite sure about and Emz is dreaming up new ways to avoid school and the drama that comes with it, but can they deal with strange guests, unexpected danger and some long-forgotten memories?
I was recommended this series by Mai Taylor of Mai’s Musings. If she says I will like it I know I am in for a treat. Through her, I discovered the delightful The Toymaker and colourful Caravel.
From the start with the description of their grandmother’s funeral it was clear the Way sisters do not follow the rules. They are great characters with different problems to overcome while they adapt to life without their beloved Grandmother Hettie and I loved the close bond between them. It was a joy to read the emergence of their talents with imaginative descriptions of their magic.
The setting of Cob House and the lake which is central to the story is beautiful with an eerie dangerous edge. It was easy to visualise the woods and the blackness of the lake. I could feel the pull it had on the sisters and their guest Serin Lake; I wanted to swim in it and feel the coolness despite the dangers.
This story is about relationships between sisters, grief and the supernatural with a malevolent theme throughout. There are deliciously dark moments with the action and suspense led me further into the story and kept me up past bedtime.
Helen Slavin has created a world I need to revisit to discover where the loose threads lead and where side characters fit in with the bigger picture. I can’t wait to read more.
Would I recommend?
This book lured me in within pages and kept captivated throughout. The pace quickens in the second part making it impossible to put down and left me wanting more. Luckily, the second in the series is on my Kindle waiting to be one of the first books to read in 2019. If you love tales of the paranormal and suspense give this ago.
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