Sun 29 Aug 2010
SARAH RAYNE - Tower of Silence. Simon & Schuster, UK, softcover, August 2003; reprint edition: Pocket, UK, July 2009.
Something of a modern Gothic thriller, with long-buried secrets that are teasingly hinted at throughout the novel.
Selina March has lived by herself in a “remote Scottish hamlet” since the death of her uncle and two aunts, but when she accepts a paying boarder, crime novelist Joanna Saville, her secluded life will be significantly altered.
Saville has come to interview inmates of Moy, an asylum for the criminally insane. Moy’s most notorious resident is Mary Maskelyne, who, as an adolescent, murdered three people.
Mary is cunning and resourceful, and when she, predictably, escapes, she sets in motion events that will precipitate buried secrets into the light where long-ago events will finally be brought to a climax and resolved.
Bibliography [Novels] –
Tower of Silence (2003)
A Dark Dividing (2004)
Roots of Evil (2005)
Spider Light (2007)
The Death Chamber (2007)
Ghost Song (2009)
House of the Lost (2010)
What Lies Beneath (2011)