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Summary

Past and present collide on a richly mysterious Nile cruise....

From the best-selling author of Lady of Hay comes this atmospheric and gripping novel.  

Recently divorced Anna Fox decides to cheer herself up by retracing a journey her great grandmother Louisa made in the mid-19th century - a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Anna carries with her two of Louisa’s possessions: an ancient Egyptian scent bottle and an illustrated diary of the original cruise that has lain unread for over a hundred years.

As she follows in Louisa’s footsteps, Anna discovers in the diary a wonderful Victorian love story - and the chilling secret of the little glass bottle. Meanwhile two men from the tour party develop an unfriendly rivalry for her attention, while showing a disturbing interest in Louisa’s mementoes. Most frightening of all, Anna finds herself the victim of a spectral presence that grows in strength and threat as the dramatic stories from three different eras intertwine in a terrifying climax.

©2009 Barbara Erskine (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Yet another superb book

I don't know where the author gets all her wonderful ideas, but I hope she continues find them. Another masterpiece. Brilliantly narrated.

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Brilliant

Loved the book as I always do with her books. It was read beautifully thanks

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Exciting story of an Egyptian artefact

I loved the book. Barbara Erskine is a great story teller of history and ghostly possession.The only reason I didn’t give full stars to the story was the ending.. I was left hanging with so many questions.. I do hope there will be a continuation in another book.
Please don’t leave us wondering what happens now

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Rambling

The narrator’s self satisfied style/delivery is rather annoying. The tale has interest but the characters are poorly drawn and the detail is superfluous most of the time.
I find the author does tend to drag her books out. This is no exception.

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A very good read (listen)

I don’t believe in the supernatural but thoroughly enjoyed this. It is a gripping story that switches between the past and the present. It has made me want to cruise down the Nile to see what they saw.
My only small criticism is that some (too many) of the pronunciations of very ordinary words are very strange.