Whispers in the courtroom.
Only one juror hears them.
Can Laura expose the truth before the trial ends?
In an old courtroom, a hissing voice distracts reluctant juror, Laura, and at night recurring nightmares transport her to a Victorian gaol and the company of a wretched woman. Although burdened by her own secret guilt, and struggling to form meaningful relationships, Laura isn’t one to give up easily when faced with an extraordinary situation.
The child-like whispers lead Laura to an old prison graveyard, where she teams up with enthusiastic museum curator, Sean. He believes a missing manuscript is the key to understanding her haunting dreams. But nobody knows if it actually exists.
Laura is confronted with the fate of two people – the man in the dock accused of defrauding a charity for the blind, and the restless spirit of a woman hanged over a century ago for murder. If Sean is the companion she needs in her life, will he believe her when she realises that the two mysteries are converging around a long-forgotten child who only Laura can hear?
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I so enjoyed this book which is part historical, part ghost story with a little bit of crime thrown in. I’m a big fan of dual timeline stories so this book really appealed to me.
This story goes between a modern day juror called Laura and her investigation into the weird dreams she’s been having since joining Jury service and a woman from the Victorian era who is in jail for murder which was an interesting mix. Unusually for me I enjoyed following both timelines equally so I felt I could relax and just enjoy the story. It was really interesting to follow Laura on her investigation especially as she visits some real historical buildings which were fun to look up on the internet. The descriptions of the Victorian jail were really vivid and allowed me to understand what it would have been like being incarcerated there. It was definitely a bleak, hopelessly place and I was very glad that it wasn’t me!
The pace of the story does start off quite slowly as the author sets the scene but it soon picks up and I found myself totally absorbed. The different timelines weave together nicely and it was very satisfying to see how everything is connected at the end. This was the first book I’ve read by this author and I’ll definitely be interested in reading more from her in the future.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
Born in the Midlands, I grew up in East Anglia and am now firmly lodged in the North West of England. My first writing achievement was my Brownie badge and after that I’ve never let go of the dream of becoming of an author. Once a librarian and caretaker of books, I’m now a teller of tales and want to share with you the secrets that hide in the pages of my books. Please stop by my website – rachelwalkley.com and find out more about my books in the making.