Ravens Gathering by Graeme Cumming

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Book Description:

As she let her gaze drift around her, she saw that there were more birds. Perhaps a dozen or so, perched among the trees that stood on the edge of the clearing. And yet more were arriving, swooping down through the gap overhead and landing on branches that overlooked them. The birds weren’t threatening, yet the sight of them all coming together in this dark and isolated spot was unnerving. Tanya reached a hand out towards Martin, and was relieved to feel him take it. She felt him move in behind her. After the uncertainty she’d experienced with him in a similar position only a few moments ago, she recognised the irony of her reaction. His closeness offered security.

“You know what they are, don’t you?”

A stranger’s arrival in a small village coincides with a tragic accident. For the Gates family in particular it’s more than a coincidence, but their unease increases following a brutal attack. As tensions rise, a dark past returns to haunt them and others, while newcomers to the village are drawn into a mystery with terrifying consequences. And no one can explain why the ravens are gathering.

Ravens Gathering twists and turns as the truth is gradually exposed in a gripping thriller with a supernatural edge to it.

My Thoughts:

Ravens Gathering starts off very steady with a dark and eerie feel to it. That darkness and eeriness continues through out.

Set in a small village you get that small community feel where everyone knows everyone’s business and strangers are not always welcomed. Through Ian’s arrival in the village we get to meet a lot of the residents as well as find out more about the area and the strange goings on with in it.

I have to admit it did feel like there was a bit of a struggle between genres in the story. The majority does read a lot like a horror/supernatural one but there are definite parts that felt more like a crime novel. I do like all these genres but it did slightly distract me as at times it did throw me.

The gatherings of the ravens had a very Hitchcock’s The Birds feel to it. It was quite creepy when they started to gather and unlike the characters, I would not have been hanging around!

There are a few gruesome parts in the story but it mainly has a mystery and suspense feel to it. The reader knows there is something very dark within the village which leads to a build up of tension waiting to find out exactly what it is. When you do find out it is certainly worth the wait.

Overall Ravens Gathering is a steady and enjoyable read. Definitely one for readers who like the darker genres.

My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.

Goodreads rating 4/5 stars.

Ravens Gathering is available to purchase from Amazon.

About Sarah Hardyhttps://bytheletterbookreviews.wordpress.comI'm Sarah, I'm self employed and in my spare time I love to read. Due to my love of reading I thought I would set up a blog to share with people my thoughts on the books i've read.

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