1912 London. Jessie Kenton hears her young brother, Georgie, scream in the middle of the night and wakes up the next morning to find him gone. Her parents never speak of him again.
1932. Twenty years later, Jessie is haunted by the same nightmare. Her other brother, Timothy, has inexplicably vanished from her parents’ home. Wracked by guilt because of her failure to ever find Georgie, and convinced that the two events must be related, she sets out on a quest to find Timothy. She plunges into a mysterious world of séances and mystics, nebulous clues and Egyptian artifacts.
With the help of a dashing and impoverished aristocrat, Sir Montague Chamford, Jessie follows the trail into the alien, swirling sands of the Egyptian desert. Amid the ancient intrigue and blistering heat, a powerful romance sparks between Jessie and Monty. But they must first confront the demons of Jessie’s past—and reveal the dark secrets that threaten not only Timothy’s life but theirs as well.
Guest review by my mum, Dorothy
At the start of the book it seems like there are two stories, independent from each other; which could be confusing at times. The dialogues between Georgie and Thimothy were sometimes a bit too long. It did, however, all come together in an interesting - if not far fetched - plot. Until the very last page Kate Furnivall brought new, unforeseen elements to the story. I really enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes -mystery references and the mentions of Egyptian history - as well as the search through Egypt - made for a pleasant read. I wasn't really captivated by the story though and I didn't feel a strong connection with the characters. Shadows of the Nile is a nice story about family (history), secrets and the political atmosphere of 1930's England and a refreshing insight into one of history's darkest ideologies - fascism.
Thank you, mum, for stopping by M's Bookshelf today.
I had so much fun having you as a guest reviewer. Thank you!
Big thank you to Kate for sending me a copy of De schaduwen van de Nijl!