The Book of Carraig – Andrea Matthews

4/5

Intro

I’ve been excited to review this since I read The Cross of Ciaran, and Andrea Matthews did not disappoint! 

Synopsis

Almost a year after waking to find himself in twentieth-century New York, fifth-century Celt Ciarán Donnelly has finally returned to his childhood home, but Ireland is nothing like he remembers it. The realization is overwhelming and taking a toll on his relationship with archaeologist Caitlin O’Connell as well. Keeping his secret from her has been no easy task. Due to some quick thinking on the part of her Uncle Mike, however, Ciarán has managed to conceal the fact that he and the Celt that mysteriously disappeared from a local museum the previous year are one in the same.

Ciarán intends on keeping it that way, at least for the time being. Right now, there is another more pressing issue. He longs to locate the grave of his fifth-century wife. Her only crime was daring to love him, a guardian of the goddess, and for that he can never forgive himself. Even more urgent, he needs to figure out a way to wake his brother, Aodhán, and free him from the Dublin museum, where he continues to exist in the same centuries’ long sleep Ciarán had. At least, Ciarán hopes he does.

Of course, things never go according to plan. When a serial killer starts stalking the countryside, Ciarán may be the only one who can stop him. To do so, however, he’ll need to risk his own life, as well as that of his brother, thus revealing his secret and exposing the truth. But can he even defeat such a ruthless monster? Only the Book of Carraig hold the answer, but first, Ciarán needs to find it.

Review

From a bustling hippy 60s New York to a rural, quiet Ireland, Matthews writes some beautiful scenes in this book. 

The landscape is described so vividly, it’s like I was traipsing across meadows and fields and I am all for that! 

As Ciaran tries to find his brother, and awaken him, Caitlin tries to understand Ciaran’s motives. I enjoy their relationship, and I often forget that this is written from a 1960s perspective! 

Throw in a serial killer, a mystery and an ancient book, and you have the perfect story to sweep you off your feet. 

Move over Outlander, there is a new time traveller in town! 

Andrea Matthews writes a wonderful story, full of twists and turns and plenty of suspense. It’s not often I see a historical/romance novel that suddenly jumps into a suspenseful mystery/thriller, but she perfects it and leaves us with an opening for book three – which I await eagerly! 

Thanks to Andrea and Love Books Tours for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

 

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