Date finished: April 2nd, 2020

Format: E-Book

Pages: 384

First time reading?: Yes

From Goodreads: “Everyone knows what happened to Alva’s mother, all those years ago. But when dark forces begin to stir in Ormscaula, Alva has to face a very different future – and question everything she thought she knew about her past…”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’ve not read anything my Melinda Salisbury before, but I do follow her on Twitter. I saw a lot of love for this book on Twitter over the last week (not just from her feed) and when i noticed it was only 98p on Amazon it got downloaded straight to my kindle and I started reading it straight away. 

It was not what I expected … I’ll be honest, I didn’t really read a synopsis before diving into this book, but I was hooked from the first page. The book follows Alva who lives with her father managing a loch above a village in Scotland, and starts by announcing that her father murdered her mother. The supernatural turn the book took later on was a complete surprise to me. As I said, I read no synopsis for the book, and I’ve also read nothing by this author before. It’s no bad thing: I will read almost anything once, but it’s the first time in a long time I’ve gone into a book knowing nothing and been gifted something so wonderfully encompassing every genre. 

I loved Melinda Salisbury’s writing style. Right from the off the book had me hooked and as I spent pretty much the entirety of March in a reading slump this book was a gift to get me out of it. Well paced, and excellent characters to really get behind. 

I’ll definitely be reading more books by her in the future, and recommending this book to others. A wonderfully, well crafted, emotional roller coaster, that found its way to me under perfect circumstances. 

My rating: 8/10

PS Also, that cover is stunning. I’m a sucker for a pretty cover, and this one is “mwah!”