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Publisher:  Rambrook House Type: 


Copyright:  29 Feb 2012

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A fast-paced chiller set in rural England. Nick Wheaton and Valerie Bain get caught up in a murderous conspiracy of monumental proportions that has sinister links to Britain's ancient past.

Valerie Bain only ever plays by her own rather flexible rules.  Unfortunately, when the self-styled  'private facilitator' takes on a risky yet highly lucrative assignment, she soon finds her mysterious new employers haven't bothered to read them.  Having to choose between life and death in order to collect her fee was one thing she never bargained on.

Nick Wheaton's long football career was brought to an abrupt end by a serious head injury.  The former goalkeeper now runs a moderately successful furniture manufacturing business, but the injury left him with a curious psychic ability which is at once a gift and a curse.  It is only when the life of a former lover hangs in the balance that he discovers how powerful an asset it can be.

And deep in rural Wiltshire, the Edbury District Council is staging a pre-Christmas rock concert.  Intended to help boost an ailing local economy, when event manager Ged Matheson does the maths nothing quite adds up.  Strange townsfolk and an even stranger discovery soon have him yearning for a speedy return to the comparative normality of his London home, but fate has other ideas.  Nestled at the feet of an ancient and enigmatic hill figure, Edbury appears to be the focal point for sinister forces whose tentacles reach far beyond the sleepy country backwater.  When death appears to become an irrelevance, will Britain's future be overtaken by her dim and distant past? 

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Supernatural thrillers are not usually my preferred choice of novel, so I was a bit skeptical starting out. It didn't take me long though, to get caught up in the many twists and turns that this novel offers. Nearly the entire read, until the very end was a guessing game. Lots of characters and the mix of history and modern day England gave me a great sense of place. I really enjoyed the spirited and gutsy personality of Valerie Bain and the subdued but determined charm of Nick. A surprisingly great and easy read that I would recommend to anyone wanting something just a little bit different. By Kgarden June 7, 2012

I was recommended this book by a friend. Not the sort of book I would normally read but it got me in very quickly. The story line is great, twists and turns everywhere. You just can't predict what will be next. The book is so descriptive, you can see it clearly in your mind. Valerie Bain is brilliant, intelligent, good looking, strong willed. You just want to be her. Once you start reading this book you will get drawn into the world of "Woodlife". The author has an amazing knowledge on the history of England. It would be suitable for so many people to read as it mixes a bit of history with modern day suspense. I am very glad I decided to try a new type of book...recommend all to give this one a try, you won't be disappointed. By ruslyn May 22, 2012

Recommended reading this book by a friend, but as I'm not keen on supernatural thrillers I was a little hesitant, how wrong can you be - what a treat! This book is well written, which makes a pleasant change, setting a cracking pace with plenty of twists and turns. The descriptions of scenes and characterization are excellent. The setting and characters are entirely believable. I happen to know those geographical areas and clearly the author has done plenty of research. You really do not know who is good or bad until the very end.

Even though the book is contemporary, when reading it I somehow imagined it being set in the mid 60's. It reminded me of the period's supernatural thriller films, a la David Hemmings. Frankly that is not a bad thing, and a touch of Emma Peel about Valerie Bain is a very good thing.

Criticisms - well only personal taste really. I think the cover undervalues the contents. By L.A. McInnes

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