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Book Review: Daughters of Carrawburgh by Nigel Plane

This book was reviewed for Troubadour Publishing Limited via Netgalley

Daughters of Carrawburgh is a first-rate psychological thriller that you simply can’t put down! I lost myself in this book, and finished it in a single day, so engrossing was it.

Sam Layton is a spiritualist. Not the cold reader, the charlatan psychic who is simply adept at deciphering people from miniscule clues that pass most people’s’ attention. No, Sam is the real deal. From a young age, Sam has heard the spirits of those passed on. As he grew to an adult, he turned his ‘gift’, as he calls it, to granting peace to those who are grieving.

When we meet Sam, he has been hired to scope out psychic impressions at the henge known as the Daughters of Carrawburgh. While there, he meets archaeologists Emma and Paul Carter, hired by the same person who hired Sam, to find evidence of ritual human sacrifice. Although Sam has some interesting paranormal experiences, he is unable to verify what his employer wishes to know.

Fast forward several months, and Sam has returned to the sleepy town of Wraxbridge, now quiet for the fall. Emma is still there, working the digs, though Paul is not. This time Sam’s paranormal experiences take on a frighteningly real cast. As autumn turns to with Ter, Sam once again returns to the area, hopeful of seeing Emma, though equally afraid to. His one-time employer shows up, desiring to enlist Sam’s help one last time. Things take a swerve into X-Files territory (as if earlier events didn’t…). Can Sam solve his paranormal problems with everyone intact?

I really like the cover. I think it is supposed to be Emma, but it reminds me of Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy: Advent’s Children. Yes, I have weird associations. As an archaeologist by my earliest trade, I have a love for books playing with those topics, and for pictures to


????? Perfect for those who love psychological thrillers that tease with preternatural possibilities.

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