Erin Hart writes books full of characters that are so rich in detail, with complex lives, that they could each be the main focus of their own novel. In Lake of Sorrows we once again meet up with Nora Gavin and Cormac McGuire, who were introduced in Harts first novel Haunted Ground. They are called in to assist in the excavation and investigation into a bog body, which appears to have been a ritualistic sacrifice that occurred hundreds of year prior. Their lives become intertwined with that of fellow investigators and villagers as several murders occur that may have some connection to a second body that is found in the bog.
Full of wonderful details and evoking a very gothic and lush atmosphere this is a book to savor.
Follow-up to her debut novel, "Haunted Ground", Erin Hart brings back pathologist Nora Gavin to investigate another bog body found in Ireland.
Murders are committed with similarities to what appears to have killed the man buried in the bog thousands of years ago and secrets long buried involving love affairs & Irish treasures soon emerge. Filled with twists and multiple suspects this second book is a definite page turner.
Hidden relics, submerged secrets, buried evidence...Lake of Sorrows. American pathologist Nora Gavin has come to the Irish midlands to examine a body unearthed by peat workers at a desolate spot known as the Lake of Sorrows. As with all the artifacts culled from its prehistoric depths, the bog has effectively preserved the dead man's remains, and his multiple wounds suggest he was the victim of the ancient pagan sacrifice known as the triple death. But signs of a more recent slaying emerge when a second body, bearing a similar would pattern, is found - this one sporting a wristwatch. Someone has come to this quagmire to sink their dreadful handiwork - and Nora soon realizes that she is being pulled deeper into the land and all it holds: the secrets to a cache of missing gold, a tumultuous love affair with archeologist Cormac Maguire, the dark mysteries and desires of the workers at the site, and a determined killer fixated on the gruesome notion of triple death.
I enjoyed this second book better than the first. Not only did they find another ancient bog body, but shortly after they found a modern murder victim in the bog. Then more murders occur and in the end they are all solved and connected to each other. I continue to enjoy reading about Irish culture and music and the methods of the police detective, forensic anthropologist and archaeologist as they all work together.
In keeping with Erin Hart's style, this book moves at a leisurely pace through several murders. Despite that, I still could not put it down. A few unanswered questions left me feeling only mostly satisfied by the end. Still worth a read.
Phyllis M. reviewed Lake of Sorrows (Cormac Maguire, Nora Gavin, Bk 2) on
This book was interesting because it told of happenings in Ireland that I have never heard of before. The bogs took on a whole life (and death) of their own. The book held my interest but could have been written better.