The Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley is the first of her books that I’ve read but it certainly will not be the last. This book was fantastic and had me hooked from the very beginning. I alternated reading and listening to this one and I think that made it all the better because the narrator Sally Armstrong was really awesome. The Shadowy Horses is an atmospheric novel of ghostly happenings, history, mystery, romance, and visions of Scotland; all in one beautifully told tale. I loved it!
Verity Grey(I love her name!) is an archeologist and a very independent and opinionated young woman. She’s been offered the opportunity via an old boyfriend to work at an ancient archeological site in Scotland. She’s really not quite certain what’s going on once she arrives and she’s not even sure she’s going to stay until she meets the elderly and eccentric gentleman who is financing the dig, Peter Quinnell, and takes an instant liking to him. He tells her that he thinks he has found the lost Ninth Legion of Rome and even more interesting he’s found it through a young boy who seems to be able to communicate with ghosts, who in this case is The Sentinel.
Soon enough Verity is embroiled in the lives of everyone and especially the little boy Robbie. At first she doesn’t believe in anything as crazy as this little boy being able to talk to ghosts or the fact that he seems to be able to tell her what her own thoughts are but soon enough she knows he’s the real thing and she even begins to believe that there is indeed a ghost lurking about. Then of course there is David who she meets there as well and even though the last thing she needs is a romance she can’t help but be attracted to him and it seems as though the feeling may be mutual. As the story progresses there are twists and turns and an escalating element of suspense that kept my attention completely.
This story is so well told and the author is able, with her vivid descriptions of the village of Eyemouth in Scotland, to make you feel as though you are right there and I loved that. I enjoyed learning a bit about the customs and ways of the Scottish as well as a bit on archeology as well. All of the characters are well developed and interesting with Verity being my favorite. Like I said before she’s independent with a good career, she’s spunky, and she has a good head on her shoulders. I also learned that Susanna Kearsley is a fellow Canadian which puts her even higher on my list of books I need to read. The Shadowy Horses is a great novel and one that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to my friends! I can’t wait to read more from Susanna Kearsley!
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Source: Review copy provided by Sourcebooks via NetGalley as well as audiobook from personal library. No compensation was received for this review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.