Cloven – Sally Spedding

I met this lovely lady at a storytelling event in Derby and bought one of her books on the evening. I’m very glad I did. It’s not my usual easy read, chick lit type thing. This book is certainly not for the faint hearted, nor is it a beach read.

The story is very dark and sinister, intriguing. I found it difficult to put this book down, and when I did, I found my mind wandering back to it trying to work out what was going on!

There are two interlinking plots running throughout this novel. One is the story of Siân Richards, a girl who has been in a terrible accident and makes her way, along with her awful brother through many perils and dangers, to London where she will receive treatment. Her story is a sad one, which brought tears to my eyes in some places.

Siân’s story interlinks in with the present day narrative, where the main character Ivan Browning moves to Tripp’s Cottage in Northamptonshire and soon he realises that the sleepy village is not all it seems. Mysteries unfold, murders are committed, threats are made.

Everyone in the village knows who these crimes are linked to, but there is no proof, and if there is, people are too afraid to step forward, for fear they will be the next victim. Ivan, however, is determined not to be a doormat, and as he starts investigating and researching the history of the area, he begins to receive threats himself.

Along with this and the weird presence in his house, and the strange sucking feeling he keeps getting on his hand, Ivan feels like he could be going crazy. Torn between two women and a ghost of the past, Ivan finally uncovers the gruesome mysteries which threaten to change his life forever.

I’d definitely recommend this to anyone – I’ll be looking out for more of Sally’s books!

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