It’s that time of year when many of us will be setting off on our summer holidays soon if we haven’t already. Whether on planes, trains or automobiles, (as long as I’m not the driver!) a good book or two have helped to pass the time on many a journey.
As a self-confessed bookworm, quite frankly I don’t need an excuse to pick up a good book. So yesterday I found myself browsing my Kindle Unlimited selection and picking out Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver (click image below if you want to get a copy yourself).
I’d recommend it as a pretty engrossing read if you enjoy Gothic horror. It reminded me of a Charles Dickens short story we had to read at school, The Signal-Man, in terms of style and approach, which to be honest is a book I haven’t thought of in around 20 years. Funny what comes back! Kindle gave an average reading time of about 5+ hours so perfect for whiling away time waiting at airports or on planes and trains. I couldn’t put it down so read it all yesterday!
It’s mainly set in Edwardian England and primarily the story is recounted via journal entries which I do have a certain fondness for so I was pleasantly surprised with this. As a reader, I find it a wonderful way to glimpse inside the minds of the characters to their innermost thoughts.
The story itself in my view is very much character driven by the main character Maud and her father Edmund Stearne, but that’s not to say there aren’t a fair amount of twists and turns. Those twists however are revealed with a certain amount of class and sophistication rather than with the instant shock-factor of more modern styles. Overall, a very engaging and pleasant read from an author whom I was previously unfamiliar with. I do love discovering a new author for myself!
I got my subscription to Amazon Kindle through a free trial so if you’re looking for a cheap way to get your holiday reads, by clicking the link below, you can get a free 30-day trial. Subscription after the trial period can be cancelled anytime so what are you waiting for?
Why not give Wakenhyrst a whirl and let me know in the comments how you find it. Feel free to share this post with your closest bookworm!