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Friday, 14 October 2011

BOOK NOOK: Hiding from the Light by Barbara Erskine

As I am such a blue-stocking book-worm I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite reads with you.  So any post with the header Book Nook is a review of a book that I am reading.  I always have two or three books on the go at any one time; something inspiring, some poetry and a novel is the usual mix.

So in the spirit of October I have been reading Hiding from the Light by Barbara Erskine. IMHO this is one of Erskine's best novels.  It is beautifully crafted and each page is filled with spooky atmosphere.  For those of you not familiar with Erskine's work she writes time loop novels, where the past and present intertwine in a supernatural way, whether this be by a standard haunting,  a past life or an ancient artifact.  In Hiding from the Light we meet Emma, a top London business women inexplicably drawn to an old cottage in Essex.  On buying the cottage and moving in Emma begins to have unsettling dreams and it soon becomes clear that she is being haunted by the ghosts of Mathew Hopkins, Witch Finder General, and one of his victims.  The novel reaches its climax on all Hallows Eve when all hell breaks loose and it is up to Emma to fight the good fight!  Bear in mind that the Wiccan aspect is fictional.

This is a really great book to curl up with on a chilly October evening, while sipping on a glass of red wine  - which is exactly what I have been doing.  Erskine has done a fantastic job in capturing the spirit of autumn's fog and mist and weaving it into a rich and detailed novel.  I greatly enjoyed reading this book and you can find in on http://www.amazon.co.uk/

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