Amy Myers is known for her short stories and historical novels featuring Victorian chef Auguste Didier and chimney sweep Tom Wasp. Her contemporary series features classic car detective Jack Colby, and she is currently working on a new 1920s mystery series featuring Nell Drury, chef at Kent’s Wychbourne Court.
When I began this well written novel, my first reaction was that of being perplexed as it wasn’t building up to a crime story.
As I progressed, my second thought was that it would turn into a very good adventure story; but by the time the plot reached the river itself in the wilds of the US State of Maine, I was sure this was going to be a breath-taking account of a journey. My fourth and final thought – I never stopped to decide what that was until I finished the last page. The pace was so fast, the writing so good that it was mesmerising; hypnotic if you will.
The narrator, Win, isn’t sure she wants to join her friends, Pia, Sandra and Rachel, on a rafting expedition on the river Winnegosset; it’s going to be tough, it’s going to be a challenge, it’s going to be exciting, Win’s told. Think of all the wild animals in the woodlands they’ll be camping in. Racoons, for sure, maybe Bears, Wolves and others. Win, grieving for the loss of her brother and a broken marriage, longs to be with her friends but has severe doubts about the ‘holiday’ ahead. But she goes.
My first reaction proved wrong; the rest were spot on. Just like the challenges the four women encountered in the river, there were one or two problems for me along the way. I stumbled a little over one or two of the characters, but like the raft on the rapids of the river, I was swept along breathlessly through all the twists and turns of this most unusual thriller.
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