On the banks of the River Deben in Suffolk lies a set of barns dating back to the Anglo Saxons; within the walls, secrets have been buried deeply.
Zoe and Ken have just moved into one of the barns, ready to start a new life away from the hustle and bustle of the city. To the outside world they seem like an ordinary couple, but underneath they are growing more distant by the day. And when Zoe becomes close to local recluse, Leo, she finds her attraction to him undeniable.
Whilst farmers are ploughing the land surrounding the barns, sets of human bones are found. The police arrive and it becomes clear that the bones are much older than first suspected ...
From an ancient burial ground to a Victorian murder, Erskine will have you gripped to her every word as the mystery unfolds ...
About the Author
A historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of many bestselling novels that demonstrate her interest in both history and the supernatural, plus three collections of short stories. Her books have appeared in at least twenty-six languages. Her first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over two million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye.
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Comments about River of Destiny:
I was super excited when I saw a new novel from Barbara Erskine and as I love her novels, it was a quick grab off the shelf for me. And I do love dual time-frame novels but I was a bit sceptical when I first started reading and it was not just two time frames – but three!!! Phew! I wasn't sure how I would handle it – but once you get into River of Destiny, it really flows nicely and you never get lost where you are up to. There is 865 AD - Anglo-Saxon/Viking times, 1865 more recent past in the Victorian era and lastly, modern day set in Suffolk.
I probably would have given this novel 4 ½ stars except it took me a little while to get into 865AD – whereas the other two time-zones I was completely into straight away. The characters were a mixture of good and bad, some you like and some you don't and the pace skipped along nicely – executed really well as echoes of past times make themselves known! There were a few unanswered questions at the end also…….a couple of more chapters would have been wonderful! But a great read…..
Praise for Barbara Erskine: 'Her forte is mood, atmosphere and the toe-curling frisson' Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times 'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable' The Times' 'Marvellous escapist stuff' Woman and Home
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st August 2012
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.57