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Saturday 14 May 2016

When Churchyards Yawn by Cathy Vasas-Brown

Every single one of Vasas-Brown’s books is compelling, gripping and just, well, brilliant. I can’t recommend them enough.

Whilst this book features a former character…and a former criminal…fear not, Vasas-Brown has makes these books stand alone very skilfully. And for those readers who have met the characters before, there’s no point at which you say ‘yawn, yes, I know all this’. 

Dear old Hamlet said, ‘Tis now the very witching time of night, When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out.’ And in this story, it does…it so does.

The one piece of scum who’s managed to slip through Latham’s fingers before, re-enters her life. Despite having to get to the bottom of a series of fires, obviously the work of an arsonist, in her home town, her obsession and dogged determination to catch her nemesis is too powerful to resist when he sends her some rather creepy emails and reports of some awful events in India. An evil man, with a hideous proclivity, has got to be stopped and she is the only person to do this.

Vasas-Brown does everything to perfection: she develops her characters, structures a faultless plot, creates the right emotions for any scene, whether it’s criminal, romantic, sad, humorous or descriptive. It’s a book you wish you had the luxury of reading in one sitting. Annoyingly, I didn’t have that luxury, but the best thing, for a few days, about going to bed, was the thought of diving into Carolyn Latham’s quest.

Probably the worst thing about this book is finishing it. It’s impossible to get to the end of this author’s books without craving more.

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