- File Size: 1081 KB
- Print Length: 380 pages
- Publisher: Triskele Books (December 8, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 8, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00A6DL1RW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,108,585 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Review of Closure by Gillian Hamer
[publication date Dec. 1 2012]
If you loved "The Charter," you'll really love this novel. If you haven't read "The Charter," read both. Author Gillian Hamer has a way of interweaving historical narrative with contemporary events and characters in a way that is enlightening, educational, inventive, and very entertaining. "Closure" is what several characters in this novel really need, that psychological "closing a door" or "boxing away" trauma, grief, sorrow, and so forth. Helen lost her husband a few years ago, her son Jake lost his father; but Jake also carries someone else's trauma: Jake is the reincarnate of an eleven-year-old island boy from North Wales, Jacob, who along with his father drowned in 1831.
It isn't just the drowning of Jacob, nor Jake's contemporary loss of his father; there's an ongoing situation which is highly disturbing to the spirit of Jacob, and hence to young Jake (who is only five). Helen must consider how to help Jake to find healing, even to the extent of enlisting an American researcher of past lives.
Having spent some time in England, I didn't think I'd need my "English to English" dictionary. I was wrong. The mystery takes place in Wales, and there are some strange terms. Not enough to spoil the story, mind you.
There are actually two stories running parallel. One about a little boy and his dreams of re-incarnation.
Another about a murderer and his need to kill.
Somehow, they intertwine.
It's a good read. 5 stars except for the odd phrasing.
You'll understand, just go with it.
Two seemingly unconnected and totally different storylines play out, one involving Helen West and her son, Jake, a young boy who has distressing night terrors. Helen’s GP is convinced Jake’s nightmares relate to the loss of his father but Helen is equally as sure they have nothing to do with her husband’s death. Her doctor sends her to a leading child psychiatrist whose pompous attitude and treatment of Jake she disliked intensely.
The second story thread involves an investigation by DS Gareth Parry and DS Chris Coleman, from Bangor CID, into the abductions and murders of university students by a serial killer. The police are unable to find any solid leads or connections in the victims’ backgrounds. The story opens from the chilling prospective of the killer, a terrifying and shocking attack on a young woman and a glimpse into the mind of a sociopath.
Reincarnation is a subject that fascinates me and it’s often said children’s minds are more open and receptive to otherworldly things. Jake’s mysterious and unaccountable knowledge of events, language and places that, in reality, he should know nothing about is intriguingly and skilfully portrayed.
Two of my favourite plot lines, paranormal and thriller, are woven together seamlessly as the dual narrative progresses, creating an original and different twist. The story is excellently written, fast paced and suspenseful, with realistic and believable dialogue. There’s no gratuitous violence and the tragic reality of the Rothsay Castle shipwreck conjures up vivid and terrible images which lends another level of authenticity. Reading Jacob’s account of his story was very moving.
The setting is fabulous, as the cover image suggests. Llandwynn Island is an atmospheric and beautiful place – a great choice for the mystical aspect and the culmination of the story.
Paranormal meets police procedural with a bang! But Hamer manages so much more than this. She takes us inside the heads and hearts of her characters. Closure is an absolute page turner because of this – the reader can’t help but care about what is going to happen.
Another aspect of Hamer’s style that I highly endorse is her ability to take the reader right to the brink of the gruesome action and then pull the shade down, let the reader take a deep breath and use his or her imagination do the rest. If you’ve ever read a novel where the author did not get this part right – forcing the reader to go through the gory details over and over – then you’ll know just how special Hamer’s writing is.
And if all of that wasn’t enough to hook a reader, this author manages to convey a sense of the beauty, mystery and ethereal quality of the special place she has chosen to set her work. You will not read one of Gillian Hamer’s books without seriously considering some holiday time spent touring Wales!
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