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Review Date: 7/5/2009
A large sweeping saga of historical fiction, in the tradition of Woman of Substance. This is the first book in a trilogy of the Rochford family. It takes place in England, France and America. The book is well written, hard to put down, and highly recommended if you like these types of stories.
Review Date: 7/29/2009
Helpful Score: 5
This is the best book I've read this year, probably the best book in the last couple of years. The story swaps between three time frames, the first and last separated by over 100 years, and also through a couple of fairytale stories written by one of the characters of the book. The fairytales are delightful just by themselves.
There is a mystery and there is a murder. It is not a conventional crime fiction story. It is evocative of books I read many years ago - authors like Victoria Holt, Daphne Du Maurier and Dorothy Eden. The setting is Cornwall, London, Brisbane Australia and a walled in garden with many secrets from the past.
The writing is excellent and the build up of the story and characters top notch. I highly recommend this book. You can watch a trailer of the book on YouTube, do a search.
Review Date: 7/9/2009
A multi-generational novel of drama and history, Golden Hill is set on Trinidad and describes decades of feuding among three families that believe they have a claim on a vast plantation.
This is a good story, very different, can be very sensual in some parts. Trinidad was an exciting place to read about and the author described it well. This is quite a long book but you won't get bored with it.
Review Date: 8/24/2010
Helpful Score: 2
Best book I read in 2010! If you like the Southern Gothic genre with a little bit of Thomas H. Cook and David Baldacci, this is for you. I read it in 2 days, couldn't put it down.
Review Date: 1/16/2010
Thomas H. Cook is a master storyteller of crime. His writing is intelligent and well thought out. He always includes a good psychological plot and his endings are full of surprises. His settings are either in the hot deep south or the cold northeast and you can imagine yourself there. Master of the Delta is a portrait of evil, and how evil, even in its smallest form, can change innocent lives. Be sure to read this book and Thomas H. Cook's other books. They will haunt you for days to come. Are you brave enough?
Review Date: 10/2/2011
Helpful Score: 2
For a current book, this had all the remnants of an old "gothic". Abandoned house, old journals, burnt letters, madness, death, hidden paintings and murder. Would highly recommend if you like that sort of novel. I do!
Review Date: 9/19/2010
Helpful Score: 3
A very dark tale of 3 people with monstrous demons of their own and the coming together at the end to decide who wins over their demons, who is capable of forgiveness and who is not. There is nothing happy in this book, just misery and despair. It shows what real life can do to some. I thought the book was excellent and give a thumbs up to the author for writing something refreshing different. If you like happy books, this one is not for you. But if you like the dark tale and a psychological thriller, be sure to read this. I will be on the lookout for his next book - Harbor of Love.
Review Date: 5/31/2010
Excellent book by a new author!
Review Date: 6/25/2009
Helpful Score: 2
A young American (Victoria) and a young Englishman (Guy) fall in love and get married in the very beginning of this tale of crime and passion. Guy inherits his family's estates and properties. They move to a house on Trelise, an island off Cornwall. Guy's ancestor, Joshua Jones, purchased Trelise in the 1840s. He was a famous medicinal herbalist and he turned the island into one large garden, which is described in detail superbly. When some buried bones are discovered, Guy tells Victoria they must be from some long-ago monk. Victoria disagrees and begins to research the history of Trelise, consulting letters, invoices, diaries and other documents stored in the house. With a clever blending of past and present, Victoria soon discovers the secrets and crimes of the past and how they will come into play in the present.
Review Date: 7/8/2009
A large sweeping saga of historical fiction, in the tradition of Woman of Substance. This is the second book in a trilogy of the Rochford family. It takes place in England, France and America during the first world war. The book is well written, hard to put down, and highly recommended if you like these types of stories.
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