As we settle into autumn and enjoy the feast of ghost stories on offer, take a look at this elegantly written novel by David Slattery-Christy which moves between 1893 and the present day. It will also make a wonderful Yule tide stocking-filler.
This great tale transports the reader to a gothic manor, in the grounds of which, is a sinister lake surrounded by swirling mists.
The familiar characters are present associated with this genre; the vapid suitor, a jealous schemer and the loyal, middle-aged housekeeper. However, what makes this well-paced book stand out is the refreshing individuality and originality of all the characters including the supporting ones.
Nevertheless, Mr Slattery-Christy’s greatest achievement is in the portrait of his heroine. Lady Ellen Forsyth, a Christmas bride, is surely the most engaging, delicate and feminine protagonist ever created by a man.
He also masterfully creates an insight into the limitations and paradoxes of Victorian society which led to many leading an unfulfilled life or risking a life of deception for success or survival.
As this story of betrayal and deceit unfolds, this work becomes a page turner as the pieces fall into place.
It is a work of distinction. Don’t miss it.