Saturday 12 April 2014

The Devil’s Promise

The Devil’s Promise by Veronica Bennett (Walker Books)
PB RRP $16.95
ISBN 9781406343236
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Welcome to another outstanding novel by Veronica Bennett with a wild, strong-minded, independent female protagonist.

Catriona’s father has died and she is now heiress to a large company and estate. Doctor Hamish arrives from Scotland to pay his respects to the family. This unknown cousin carries with him a secret that he holds close about his relationship to the deceased. But his warm nature endears him to Catriona and her mother, and the girl accepts an invitation to spend the summer at his castle.

A complex and haunting tale plays out in Drumwithie Castle that is built on a rock overlooking the sea. Hamish’s son Jamie, a young female ghost of the tower that enlists Catriona’s help to free her, and dark secrets that have been buried in the caves for years, are woven into a beguiling and suspenseful scenario.

This is a story of love and finding one’s path in life; family secrets well-kept, and retribution. It has countless twists and turns, similar to all the entrances and exits to the tunnels of the castle where lost things are found, and freedom is never free.

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