Virginia Wrathmell has always known she will meet her death on the marsh in reparation for the mistakes of her childhood.On New Year's Eve, at the age of eighty-six, Virginia feels the time has finally come.In 1939, Virginia is ten, an orphan arriving to meet her new adoptive parents, Clem and Lorna Wrathmell, at their mysterious house, Salt Winds. The house sits right on the edge of a vast marsh, a beautiful but dangerous place. It's the start of a new life for Virginia, but she quickly senses that all is not right between Clem and Lorna - in particular, the presence of their wealthy neighbour Max Deering, who takes an unhealthy interest in the family. When a German fighter plane crashes into the marsh, Clem ventures onto the deadly sands to rescue the airman. And that is when things really begin to go wrong......
|Title||:||Call of the Curlew|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
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Call of the Curlew Reviews
Somehow it doesn’t seem quite right that I’ve been reading Call of the Curlew sitting in my garden in the bright sunshine. The atmosphere of the book is such that it seems more suited to misty autumn nights, with the rain lashing down outside and the wind rattling the window panes. Throw in some creaking floorboards, some footsteps in the attic and your reading experience would be complete.
Told in chapters that alternate between 2015 and the early years of the Second World War, Call of the Cur ...more
What I Liked
The atmospheric setting. As I mentioned in the intro, I read Call Of The Curlew during an LA heat wave, but thanks to Brooks’ writing, that didn’t stop me from becoming immersed in the mystical backdrop of Tollbury Marsh. The AC at full blast in my apartment probably helped a little, but the novel easily transported me to a foreboding and bleak sliver of English countryside, battered by the elements and and hostile to the uninitiated. The marsh ...more
Wow! I wasn't expecting that kind of book when I picked Call of the Curlew up! I knew it was going to be atmospheric and haunting but I just didn't expect it to be so chilling and have such a menacing atmosphere throughout - I loved it!
I loved the way the story goes from now to then - all through the eyes of Virginia, a character you can't fail to to empathize with. From her start in life as an orphan who is thrust into a world with new parents, through to the now when she's 86 and alone and pr ...more
A haunting, atmospheric and ever-so-chilling novel, set partially in present day but mostly seventy-five years ago, with a beautifully bleak setting (isolated house in the middle of an expansive saltmarsh). It reminded me in many ways of great gothic novels like THE WOMAN IN BLACK. Very much recommended.