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Rayne, Sarah - 'Spider Light'
Paperback: 416 pages (Oct. 2007) Publisher: Pocket Books ISBN: 0743489667

Spider Light; that particular time at the end of the day when it is not quite light and yet not quite dark. Things can hide in the spider light. You can't see them, but you know they are there. Waiting.

Sarah Rayne's fourth book, SPIDER LIGHT, is a disturbing yet brilliantly written novel. It comprises a labyrinth of twists and turns, with so many wonderfully intertwined subplots that you never quite get to the end of the mystery. There is always something new to keep your pulse racing - and don't expect an early night if you want to read this book at bedtime!

Antonia, the main character of the main plot, seeks solace in an idyllic country setting, after being out of society for five years. She needs to reflect on the characters and events surrounding her life before she went away, and tries to make the most of the new start that has been given to her.

Meanwhile, some initially unknown 'other' has different plans for Antonia and wants to teach her a lesson for her past wrongs. Refusing to be spooked by the strange goings-on in and around her holiday cottage, Antonia is drawn towards researching the history of her surroundings, including Twygrist - a sinister, old watermill with a very murky past. The reader is drip fed a tale of the grisly events that took place in Twygrist - those that happened a long time ago as well as those that are more recent - and the whole story builds to a heart-stopping crescendo that you can't even begin to imagine a way out of.

The identity and motive of Antonia's mysterious stalker are revealed gradually as well and you feel delightfully helpless as the net closes in around her and the book races towards an excellently satisfying conclusion.

This book is just fantastic. If you like fast-paced books, that are so vividly written they transport you to another place, this is a must-read for you. Sarah Rayne has an excellent writing style that will satisfy even the most picky of readers (myself included). She keeps you on the edge of your seat and right up until the end you don't know how things will turn out. SPIDER LIGHT just keeps you guessing and the end is nigh on perfect. Sarah Rayne is fast becoming one of my favourites.

Read another review of SPIDER LIGHT.

Amanda C M Gillies, Scotland
May 2009

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