The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard

Cover imageThe blurb mentions a ghost and so this has to be badged ‘supernatural’, but if that genre isn’t usually your thing, don’t be put off. This is unlike any ‘supernatural’ book I’ve ever read. The ghost doesn’t frighten either the characters or the reader. He’s not there to unnerve, but to be a very clever device that enables the author to create strong personal connections between the characters and events that befell earlier generations of their family.
Once again Linda Gillard’s talents are amply displayed: the atmospheric sense of place; finely drawn characters and the ability to portray convincingly the emotions of flawed characters. I found this an enjoyable book of great charm.

I bought it for Kindle from Amazon. The Glass Guardian

Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard

Emotional GeologyThis seemed to me to be a very unusual book. Very little actually happens at the time the book is set. Instead of current action we are progressively fed background information that explains how the characters come to be in the situation where we find them.
It is beautifully written and flawlessly presented. I found it totally engrossing and satisfying. The author has been quite open about her own mental health problems and has been active in helping others in this area. If this book isn’t actually autobiographical, the author has clearly drawn heavily on her own experiences and the result is an engaging and moving book that deals convincingly with personal relationships complicated by mental health issues.
It certainly doesn’t deserve the ‘for women’s eyes only’ tag that the original publishers may have inadvertently applied.

I bought it for Kindle from Amazon. EMOTIONAL GEOLOGY

A Lifetime Burning by Linda Gillard

Cover imageI struggled a bit with this one. There is no doubt that Linda Gillard is a very talented writer. Her characters are well-drawn; the dialogue is well written and she tackles difficult themes in a confident manner. This book covers sixty years in the lives of several generations of a single family – in fact, hardly anyone not a family member gets a mention. The problem I had with it was in the structure. I found the constant jumping backwards and forwards through time difficult to track. I had to make notes so that on each occasion that a new section began with a date heading I could refer to my notes to see where we were in relation to key events in the family history. That rather undermines the convenience of reading on Kindle.
Ultimately, too, I found the abnormal relationship between the twins somewhat unconvincing. None of which will stop me moving on to read more of this author’s books.

Available for Kindle from Amazon. A LIFETIME BURNING