Amulet Of Death by Suzanne Gilchrist

A Racing Heart

Amulet Of Death by Suzanne Gilchrist is an exciting dual timeline novel and the first book in the A Bindarra Creek Mystery series. It was a compulsive read.

The book is mainly set in present day but has excerpts and letters dating back to World War I as a family of three sons traveled from Australia to fight in the war. The two time periods are linked as a present day character is writing a history of the area.

Hidden in a dusty attic were artefacts from years ago. Greedy treasure hunters are attracted to the area as their black hearts seek the satisfaction of finding ancient affects.

We cannot always control what happens to us but we can control our response. A character heading the wrong way in life needs to u-turn before life spirals out of control.

There is the theme of family. There are some tight-knit family units and some who have suffered loss. We see the strength and life in the matriarch of the family.

We are not responsible for the choices of our parents, nor are we destined to repeat their sins.

A character has chosen a ‘safe’ life rather than following her heart. Fear dictated her choice.

We see the device of pathetic fallacy being used. As the action becomes darker, so do the skies. It is very atmospheric. With comprehensive descriptions, the reader ‘experiences’ the rain storm.

Amulet Of Death was a thrilling read that made my heart race.

I received a free copy from Rachel’s Random Resources for a blog tour. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.


Amulet of Death

A woman’s search for a new life lures danger to their small town
Forty-one-year-old widow, Natalie Wasson needs money – now – for an operation that will radically change her son’s quality of life. When she discovers forgotten WWI letters in Bindarra Creek’s oldest home, she seizes the chance to write the family’s history – and unknowingly invites danger to this small country town.

Loyalty and duty have been drilled into Troy Davidson’s very core – by his family and by almost twenty-five years of military service. But soon both traits are at war with regret and love after he comes face to face with the woman he could never forget.

As the stakes become personal, Natalie must decipher an ancient secret before someone she loves pays the ultimate price. The clock is ticking and the wrong choice could prove fatal.

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About Suzanne Gilchrist (aka S.E. Gilchrist)

S. E. Gilchrist can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a book in her hand. Now she dreams up stories where her favourite words are … ‘what if’ and ‘where’?  Writing as both S. E. Gilchrist and Suzanne Gilchrist, she loves combining romance with adventure and suspense across many different genres including science fiction/space opera, apocalyptic, and contemporary small towns.

S. E. takes a keen interest in the environment, anything to do with space, and loves walking her two dogs and spending time with her family. And of course, catching up with friends over coffee. She co-runs the Hunter Romance Writers group and is the organiser behind the multi-author writing ventures: the best-selling Bindarra Creek Romance series, the Deadly Forces series, and the Mindalby Outback Romance series.

Her home is in the lovely Hunter Valley with vineyards, kangaroos, national parks, Australia’s largest coastal saltwater lake, dolphins and the ocean all at her doorstep.

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