Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Review of The Silent Touch of Shadows by Christina Courtenay

I always love reading books from Choc Lit and I was particularly looking forward to reading Christina Courtenay’s latest novel.

The Silent Touch of Shadows is quite different from her previous work and is set partly in fifteenth century Kent and partly in the present. At the centre of the novel is Ashleigh Manor, a beautiful old manor house in rural Kent. Melissa is a genealogist who is invited to the house by her elderly aunt. She feels drawn to the house in a strange way and soon finds herself experiencing supernatural goings on.

The story slips between Sibell in the fifteenth century and Melissa in the present. The worlds seem to merge at points and Melissa soon realises that something significant must have happened in the house for there to still be a presence. I loved Melissa’s character and thought that the geneology aspect of the novel fitted so well with the storyline.

This is a beautifully written book that is haunting and full of suspense. It had me hooked from beginning to end and I read it in two evenings as I didn’t want to put it down.

Thank you to Choc Lit for sending me a copy to review.

The Silent Touch of Shadows is available to buy now:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Silent-Touch-Shadows-Christina-Courtenay/dp/1906931763

We have one copy to give away. To enter, retweet this post or leave a comment. Open to UK residents only. Closes 31st August at 5pm.


  1. I don't recall hearing about this book before, but you have hooked me! I'm adding it to my list right now.

    Have a terrific week, and thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Thank you so much, Sarah, really pleased you enjoyed it! And thanks, Beth, hope you like it too :)