TOWER OF SILENCE (Thriller-UK-Cont) – G
Rayne, Sarah – Standalone
& Schuster, 2001- UK Trade paperback
Teind House, with it’s Norman round tower, and it’s owner, Selina March, seem lost in the 19th Century. It is also near Moy, an asylum for the criminally insane and now the residence of Mary Maskelyne, an infamous murderer who starting killing as a child. When crime writer Joanna Saville becomes a paying guest at Teind House, she stumbles on a secret that causes threads of traumatic incidents from the past to unravel with brutal results.
Ms. Rayne has written a book of powerful psychological suspense that begins with a horrifying tragedy and impacts each of the characters in terrifying ways. Although the plot is built on coincidence, the characters are effectively developed leaving one with a feeling of sympathy and aversion at the same time. The catalyst is appalling but believable. I’ll admit to not being a huge fan of the psychological thriller so I’m not certain this is a book I can say I really liked, but it certainly is a book that held my attention and kept me reading. If you are a fan of this genre, I do recommend it.