The Story Keeper (Hardcover) by Anna Mazzola

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List Price: £18.99

Hardcover: 352 Pages.

Published: 26 July 2018 by Tinder Press

ISBN: 1472234782

EAN: 9781472234780

Review by Debra Found

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Dull - Some Inconsistancies

Audrey arrives on Skye in 1857 to help an elderly lady collect the local folk stories. This is a harsh & cruel environment. The recent clearances are fresh in people's minds whilst they seek to scrabble a pitiful survival on barren land. The local folk tales are harsh with fairies of the more traditional malicious sort rather than the storybook fairies they have become today. A girl goes missing, another is found drowned. Is this the work of the fairies or a more solid perpetrator?

I found this book rather dull. That is until the ending which was interesting and inventive. Audrey Hart is a very irritating character. She says and does things at the drop of a hat and I often thought she caused more problems than she solved! She has little character and is quite poor with people - both the locals and the wealthier in whose home she lives. She does have some fire in her belly but she is very ineffectual at using it.

I struggled with some continuity issues in this book. The biggest issue was how the distances on the island changed from one day to the next. A village which was several hours walk away becomes more accessible and people can be there and back to in a morning. The nearest village is 3 miles walk away yet at times the impression is given that it could be popped to like a corner shop and at others it takes a long walk. A diary which was taken to the library is mentioned in the next paragraph as being in an upstairs desk. A lost ring reappears on a finger with no explanation. These may be little things but they did irritate me throughout the book and shows signs that this was not as well proof read or edited as it could have been.

The ending of the book was good and it did tie up the major loose ends. It is unfortunate that the author didn't weave more clues as to the ending throughout the book as this would have made it more interesting to read.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

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