Friday, November 08, 2013

book review: in the moors by nina milton

Even though I have a tendency to skip to the end of crime novels to find out 'whodunnit' (or, in this case, whether two of the characters get together) I resisted this impulse when I began reading 'In the Moors', and subsequently could not put this book down.

Sabbie is an engaging character with an unusual profession: she is a shaman who is drawn into a police case involving one of her own clients. Her concern for her client, and her determination to keep hold of her intuition, even at the expense of her own safety, was completely absorbing.

 'Perhaps because I was thinking of rabbit holes and strange, reversible worlds ... I started at the end,' Sabbie says. Nina Milton has also given her readers the challenge of making associations between beginnings and endings, present and past, children and adults, memories and facts, speech and silences. 

At one point, a wise character says, 'Everything connects'. Small everyday details are hugely significant here: bicycle wheels, eggs, nicknames. I found the characters - animal, spirit, human - convincing, and the various settings either warm and lively, or haunting.

In the end, Sabbie's search for understanding reminds us how our childhood experiences influence how we live as adults and how we make sense of the world.

Find out more about Nina on her highly popular blog.
'In the Moors' is published by Ink Press.

1 comment:

Nina Milton said...

thank you for this great, insightful review, Joanna. Glad you like the book, the first inthe Shaman Mystery Series.
By the way it's published by Midnight Ink Press and the sequel will be out in the autumn of next year.