Synopsis (from book cover):
It’s 1928, Freddie Watson is still grieving for his brother, lost in the Great War. Driving through the foothills of the French Pyrenees, his car spins off the road in a snowstorm. Freddie takes refuge in an isolated village and there meets a beautiful, captivating woman. They spend the night talking of love and loss and war. But by daybreak, Fabrissa has vanished and Freddie realises he holds the key to an ancient mystery that leads him deep into the mountains, to a cave that has concealed an appalling secret for 700 years…
I found this book by chance when I was looking for different book to read over the Christmas period. I am glad I did, it is the perfect time of year for a Christmas ghost story. The main character Freddie, is well drawn and the reader can feel the hurt and grief that he has been left with since the loss of his brother who declared missing in action during the war.
After a bout of illness a doctor suggests that Freddie tour the castles and ruins of Ariege to recover his shattered nerves. The descriptions of the Pyrenees transported me there, especially as I had traveled near that area earlier this year. Freddie starts to hear whispering in the hills and following a car crash this leads him on and unexpected journey and discovery.
I found the book a fun light read with interesting characters and setting.
PS: The book I had intended to read over Christmas turned up today. It wasn’t where I thought I had left it…