Sunday 21 April 2019

None So Blind By Alis Hawkins - The Teifi Valley Coroner #1

So, I'm back, after a much needed long break. Today I'll be reviewing None So Blind By Alis Hawkins, published by The Dome Press. This book was kindly sent to me by the publisher. Onto the review before I start rambling on about bookish stuff and the bookish world!

Here is the synopsis:

West Wales, 1850. When an old tree root is dug up, the remains of a young woman are found. Harry Probert-Lloyd, a barrister forced home from London by encroaching blindness, has been dreading this discovery. He knows exactly whose bones they are.

Working with his clerk, John Davies, Harry is determined to expose the guilty. But the investigation turns up more questions than answers. Questions that centre around three names. Rebecca, the faceless leader of an angry mob who terrorise those they hate. Nathaniel Howell, a rabble-rousing chapel minister preaching a revolutionary gospel. And David Thomas, an ominous name with echoes from Harry’s past.

Is it Rebecca who is intent on ending Harry and John’s enquiry? Why did Nathaniel Howell disappear when Rebecca’s insurrection was at its height? And can Harry keep the secrets of his own past safely buried?

The search for the truth will prove costly. But will Harry and John be the ones to pay the highest price?

My Thoughts:

If you're a regular reader of my book reviews then you may know that I'm a sucker for HISTORICAL FICTION and also into Crime (as a genre!). None So Blind is a perfect combination of these two genres. It is the first book in The Teifi Valley Coroner Series. Now, let me also add that for those of you who are a bit confused at first regarding the title of the series, you'll understand towards the end of the story, so READ THE BOOK!

Set in the 1850s, None So Blind is a unique story. The book is set in the backdrop of the Rebecca Riots in West Wales which, to be honest, was such an interesting time period to learn more about. I had never heard of the Rebecca Riots! The story is narrated by 2 intriguing characters, Harry Probert-Lloyd and John Davies.

Harry Probert-Lloyd is a barrister coming from a privileged background and is the heir to the Glanteifi Estate. He is forced to return home from London as he's slowly going blind. As the death of Margaret Jones had remained a mystery all these years, the discovery of the bones leads to many speculations surrounding her death. When her death is declared as "accidental" at an inquest, Harry feels the verdict doesn't seem too right. He sets off, determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. Due to his encroaching blindness, Harry realises that if he is to conduct his investigation, he would need someone to help him. Harry asks for the assistance of John Davies, a solicitor's clerk. Together they form a team. The truth behind Margaret Jone's death changes everything...

None So Blind had me hooked from the first page, it was completely unputdownable. I really appreciated the useful glossary included at the beginning of the book for Welsh terms. I LOVED the writing style, Alis Hawkins is definitely a talented writer and is quite obviously now one of my favourite authors. I literally cannot stop raving about None So Blind to my friends and family. 

None So Blind is so well written and cleverly plotted. The research made by the author is clearly evident. This book is filled with dark secrets, lies, shocking twists and turns. I really didn't want it to end but there's some exciting news coming up! 

My Rating: Obviously 5 STARS 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

None So Blind was a riveting, enjoyable and addictive read. I strongly recommend this book!

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