Deep Water, Thin Ice by Kathy Shuker

Deep Water, Thin IceThis is the second book I’ve read by this author and I really enjoyed it: so much so that I was sorry to reach the end. I’m not at all surprised that other reviewers on Amazon and Goodreads have reacted similarly. I see that one described it as a love story, and so it is – but it’s also so much more.

We begin with an apparent suicide, but the description creates a lingering doubt that stays with us as we move into what follows. The cast of convincing characters, led by a vulnerable young widow, are beset by a psychopath with diminishing self-control. Stirred into the pot we have the unravelling of an unsavoury family history, social injustice, sexual deviancy and a haunting. All this is cleverly set against the contrasting background of a peaceful Devon village and the nurturing of a new nature reserve. This very well written, and satisfyingly long, book is highly recommended. It’s available from Amazon in both paperback and ebook for Kindle format.

Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts by Kathy Shuker

Silent Faces, Painted GhostsI found this well-written novel most enjoyable. It’s a current-day tale of human relationships: sometimes loving, sometimes jealous, sometimes violent. There’s a strong cast of well-drawn characters and the world of the reclusive, but famous, portrait painter felt authentic. The central character is driven by the basic human need to belong and to feel at peace. It all takes place under the shadow of a past tragic event, the truth of which slowly emerges.
The Provence setting is captured beautifully; I could smell the lavender and feel the mistral blowing through what’s left of my hair.
It’s a satisfying read and it’s available in both print and ebook formats from Amazon Silent Faces, Painted Ghosts