Whispers In The SandBy Barbara Erskine
About the Book:
Recently divorced, Anna Coburn decides to cheer herself up by retracing a journey her great-grandmother, Louisa, a renowned artist, made in the mid-nineteenth century – a Nile cruise from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings. Anna carries with her two of Louisa's possessions – an ancient Egyptian scent bottle, and an illustrated diary of the original cruise that has lain unread for a hundred years.
As she follows in Louisa's footsteps, Anna discovers in the diary a wonderful love story from the Victorian past, and the chilling, more distant secret of the little glass bottle. Meanwhile, two men from the tour party are showing a disturbing interest in these mementos, and developing an unfriendly rivalry for Anna's attention. And, most frightening of all, Anna finds herself the victim of a haunting, a spectral presence that grows in strength and threat as the dramatic stories from three different eras intertwine in a terrifying climax...
Review by Lynda:
Very good. It was like getting two books in one, with both Anna and Louisa's stories intertwined. Intriguing, mysterious, and so deliciously exciting. These female characters are so well written and you're immediately drawn into their respective lives with no wish to leave. I could smell and taste Egypt through the authors superb descriptions. One small draw-back for me were the male characters. They were nowhere as interesting as Anna or Louisa, so I tended not to care much for them by the end of the book. I do have to make an exception for Hassan, he proved to be a very strong magnet for my attention. If you think a trip down the Nile, with a lot of shadowy things menacing your every step sounds like a good read, you'd be right.