Orphaned Crispin Thorne has been taken as ward by Philip Smallwood and is transplanted from his private school to Smallwood's house on an island in Norfolk. Upon his arrival, he finds that he's not the only young man given a fresh start. With their benefactor away, they speculate on why they've been given this new life.
Erastes has nothing to prove to anyone anymore, we know for a fact that she is a magician with words. She delivers here a captivating story that will keep you on tenterhooks from start to finish!
With a wealth of details she paints a fascinating landscape of Norfolk, which in itself is a very important part of this book. Very quickly, a unique and palpable atmosphere full of shadows and mystery hovers like a veil of mist.
From the start she has found a clever way to set up the scenery of her tale by making us discover it through the eyes of one of the main characters, Crispin, as he begins his journey.
Patiently and delicately she weaves an intricate story where everything and every body has its place and its importance but where nothing and nobody is what it seems. Everybody here has a secret!
Crispin Thorne is a young and penniless orphan who has been sent from his boarding school to a remote place in Norfolk. Horsey Mere is owned by the very intriguing Philip Smallwood who is Crispin's mysterious benefactor. When Crispin arrives on the island, Philip Smallwood is conspicuously absent but there are two other young men like him! Jude Middleton and Myles Graham. Very quickly we realize that something is not right, but what exactly and why? it is yours to discover!
It is a crafty mystery with clues and misdirections scattered here and there and a final startling twist!
I would have given 5 stars but a few points stayed unfortunately unexplained at the end and left me a little frustrated. I give 4 stars.
Publisher: Lethe Press