Passion And Power
The Widow Of Pale Harbour by Hester Fox is a gripping historical murder suspense that had me glued and guessing from the start. I congratulated myself on working out who the guilty party was far too soon – I got it wrong again!
The novel is about love and jealousy, the passion and power to manipulate and control. A warped sense of entitlement provokes a horrific course of action.
In contrast there is a love that protects, a love that goes the extra mile and is prepared to sacrifice.
Fear and guilt imprison characters. We need to deal with our fear and guilt or we will imprison ourselves. The walls we build around us to keep us safe need demolishing before we become our own prison guard.
A series of gruesome events are clues left for characters and the reader to follow to try to guess the perpetrator. See if you can work it out. I failed miserably!
The characters are well drawn and the plot is well executed. I thought the book was written in the style of the Gothic horror tradition as the darkness of the elements mirrors the action.
I really enjoyed The Widow Of Pale Harbour. It was a departure from my usual genre and I look forward to reading more by Hester Fox.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.