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The Revelations of Carey Ravine by Debra Daley

Posted: Sat May 28th, 2016, 8:58 am
by Vanessa
The Revelations of Carey Ravine by Debra Daley

London in the 1770s is bursting with opportunity. It's a city fuelled by new ideas and new money, where everything is for sale - including entrée into the ruling class.

Making their way in this buccaneering society are Carey Ravine, a spirited young woman of enigmatic background, and her husband, the charming, endlessly enterprising Oliver Nash. Carey and Nash share a historic connection to India and a desperate ambition to better themselves. But as Nash's plans draw them into a restless association of gamblers and secret societies, Carey begins to question what's really hidden behind the seedy glamour of their lives. Her unease grows with the appearance of a mysterious man whose appearance unearths a troubling secret from the past. Carey finds herself forced to investigate the truth behind the stranger's claims - and to confront her own illusions about herself.

My Review:

I very much enjoyed this historical mystery set in 18thC London where everyone and everything are not what they seem! Told in the first person, it's a tale of skulduggery and deception galore. There are some serious themes, but it's also light hearted and lively. I thought it was fast paced and well written, too. I was keen to keep reading, eagerly turning the pages, to discover the truth. The characters are well drawn and believable, my favourite being Carey, the eponymous heroine. I found her an inquisitive and brave young woman who always tries to put her best foot forward in life.

An intriguing and engrossing read which held my attention throughout. This is the second book I've read by Debra Daley, she's definitely an author to look out for.

Many thanks to Netgalley and the publisher.