Love Books Group Tour / Review : Ravens Gathering – Graeme Cumming

Synopsis :

Ravens Gathering Cover(1)

As she let her gaze drift around her, she saw that there were more birds.  Perhaps a dozen or so, perched among the trees that stood on the edge of the clearing.  And yet more were arriving, swooping down through the gap overhead and landing on branches that overlooked them.  The birds weren’t threatening, yet the sight of them all coming together in this dark and isolated spot was unnerving.  Tanya reached a hand out towards Martin, and was relieved to feel him take it.  She felt him move in behind her.  After the uncertainty she’d experienced with him in a similar position only a few moments ago, she recognised the irony of her reaction.  His closeness offered security. 

“You know what they are, don’t you?” 

A stranger’s arrival in a small village coincides with a tragic accident.  For the Gates family in particular it’s more than a coincidence, but unease increases following a brutal attack.  As tensions rise, a dark past returns to haunt them and others, while newcomers to the village are drawn into a mystery with terrifying consequences.

And only a select few know why the ravens are gathering.

Troubador

About the Author :

Graeme Cumming - AuthorGraeme Cumming lives in Robin Hood country.  He has wide and varied tastes when it comes to fiction so he’s conscious that his thrillers can cross into territories including horror, fantasy and science fiction as well as more traditional arenas.

When not writing, Graeme is an enthusiastic sailor (and, by default, swimmer), and enjoys off-road cycling and walking.  He is currently Education Director at Sheffield Speakers Club.  Oh yes, and he reads (a lot) and loves the cinema.

Review :

‘Ravens Gathering’ is the debut novel of Graeme Cumming and for the first time in a long while I don’t know what to say about a book.
I really liked it / loved it it, but at the same time I also thought about not finishing it now and then.
Maybe that was the author’s purpose, to leave me feel confused, I don’t know. I only know that is how I felt throughout the whole book.
Let me try to explain why I had these mixed emotions.
I liked it wasn’t your typical mystery novel.
It was definitely so much more, because it had a dark and eerie feeling to it, mixed with the supernatural. Really my cup of tea!
I immediately wanted to know more about the place, but especially more about the main character and why he turned back to his childhood town.
The feeling there was something wrong with everyone and everything and the fact that Martin was the key to all of it kept my attention throughout the whole book.
I just couldn’t figure out the how, the why, the … and that’s a great achievement from any author. So well done I must say!
At the same time however, that’s also the reason why I thought to just close the book.
I had trouble with the way Graeme Cumming tried to obscure things by hopping between point of views. A great idea, done by many, but here the transitions weren’t always great I thought. I needed to re-read stuff or go back to check who a person was. Some characters were even in desperate need of more ‘building’ I thought!
I even was more than confused about one scene, because I thought it happened and it did, but not with the characters I presumed.
I do like a good distraction, but this was not a great one in my opinion. It was just plain strange!
Obscuring things to build op tention is more than okay, but in this book it felt like mistakes or not a great redaction.
I’m sorry to say these are the main reasons I’m not at all that lyrical and that’s a real pity.
This debut definitely deserved a more enthusiastic me, because the plot and the overall creepy feeling of the story is just more than very enjoyable.
This is what I’m looking for when reading the synopsis, seeing the cover,… . And from the beginning I really thought the author would deliver, but sometimes he just didn’t, in my opinion, and that makes me having a love / hate relationship with this debut novel.
Maybe I second book can convince me to LOVE in capital letters?!

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