Contemporary, Mystery, Reviews, Romance, Suspense

Whispers on Shadow Bay (Noble Island Mystery #1)

Release Date-October 4th 2012
Genre-Christian Romance
Publisher-White Rose Publishing
Kindle Edition-291 pages

Ejected from her privileged life, Rosetta comes to Noble Island with a broken heart and shaken faith. She is enticed by hope in the arms of the dark and brooding Simon Hale, but people keep dying at Shadow Bay Hall, and Rosetta hears something in the walls.

Simon Hale finds the reclusive Rosetta both beautiful and intriguing, but when she seeks out the truth behind Shadow Bay Hall’s unexplained happenings, he is torn between hope for the future and his need to protect a dangerous secret.

With dark forces determined to keep truth at bay, Rosetta and Simon fight to uncover lies that imprison the island with fear. His wife’ death, tangled memories, a Romany feud; Rosetta must decide if she is strong enough to discover what’s behind The Whispers on Shadow Bay.

Whispers on Shadow Bay (Noble Island Mystery #1)Whispers on Shadow Bay by Raquel Byrnes

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whispers on Shadow Bay is a mystery, thriller & clean romance that comes under the genre Christian Fiction. I am Not an overly religious person myself so I tried to go into this book with an open mind and boy I am so glad I did. This is quite the little gem an expertly written tale which is shrouded in mystery and secrets. to generalise.
We have Rosetta who through doing the right thing has lost everything and has arrived at Shadow Bay Hall with her faith shaken to the core. She’s there to take up a job as a caregiver to the elder Mr Hale.
On arrival, she meets several characters, there’s O’shay I think he’s some sort of groundsman & general dogsbody a very gruff fellow. Then we have Mrs Tuttle the very dour housekeeper who seems to have absolutely no tolerance for Rosetta.
The love interest Simon Hale & Lavander aka LaLa, Simons very cute six-year-old daughter.
But things at the Hall are not quite what they seem, strange sounds, noises in the walls, secret passages, ghosts and lost time.
Whispers on shadow Bay has a very gothic feel to it, you can almost imagine the creepy music accompanying the dialogue, setting the scene and waiting for that moment that makes us jump out of our skin.
The suspense in this novel keeps going till the very end as Ms Byrnes slowly reveals to us morsel by morsel the secrets of Shadow Bay

In conclusion Whispers on shadow bay was a wonderful gothic mystery reminiscent of a bygone era. It kept you guessing until the very end and was full of multi-faceted individuals that pulled you into their trials and tribulations.
Don’t let the Christian genre title put you off as this was not in your face and very tastefully achieved, this is not a story that preaches at you, religious or not you will enjoy this wonderfully creative piece of fiction.

I received a free copy of this e-book from NetGalley in return for my honest opinion
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