It is a golden evening of high summer in July 1990. Robin Timariot has set out that morning on what he has planned as a six-day tramp along part of Offa's Dyke. At the close of his first day's walk he encounters an elegant middle-aged woman who seems strangely out of place among the sheep and gorse of Hergest Ridge. They exchange only a few words of conversation, but their talk is enigmatic -- and unforgettable. A few days later, at the end of his walk, Timariot returns home to learn from the newspapers that, just a few hours after their meeting, the woman, whose name was Louise Paxton, was raped and then murdered, along with an artist, Oscar Bantock, who lived near by.
A man is swiftly charged and convicted of the crime, but a string of inexplicable events begins to convince Timariot -- and others -- that all is not what it seems. Timariot, fascinated by Louise Paxton's memory, is drawn irresistibly into the complex motives and relationships of her family and friends, searching against his better judgement for the secret of what really happened on the day she died.
The closer he gets to the truth, the more hideous and uncertain it seems to be. And far too late he realizes that it may threaten many powerful people. So much so that anybody who uncovers it is unlikely to be allowed to live.
I love reading Robert Goddard books because I know that as soon as I pick it up, it will be hard to put down. This one was no different and did not disappoint. It had lots of twists and turns and kept me reading until the very end. The characters are well developed and the plot was very realistic. I'm looking forward to reading my next Goddard book. I highly recommend it to lovers of suspense and mystery.
Ok, the first book I read of Robbert Goddard's, I figured out the "culprit". When I read this one, I thought I had it figured out, only to find out I didn't. I LOVE books like that!!
From the back cover....
It is a golden evening of high summer. Walking a ridge on the Welsh borders, Robin Timariot meets by chance an elegant middle-aged woman who seems strangely out of place. They exchange a few words, but those words prove unforgettable. A few days later Timariot learns from the newspapers that, just hours after their meeting, the woman was raped and murdered. A man is swiftly charged and convicted of the crime, but a string of inexplicable events begins to convince Timariot that all is not what it seems. The closer he gets to the truth, the more hideous and uncertain it seems to be. And far too late he realizes that anybody who uncovers it is unlikely to be allowed to live.