- The Weeping Statue by Gillian St. Kevern Release Day Review
The Weeping Statue by Gillian St. Kevern Release Day Review
Patrick and Wiremu’s travels through Italy are not going to plan. Brain fever strikes Wiremu, forcing them to take refuge in a small Italian village. The locals are struck by Patrick’s resemblance to Sierra, a woman who died many years ago, letting them stay despite their better judgement. But as Wiremu’s condition worsens, trapping them in the village, Patrick realises their refuge is a deadly prison. Sierra’s spirit seeks revenge for her early death, killing the villagers one by one.
Urbano, the village priest, believes he has the solution to the curse hanging over the town. Patrick can save them all—if he is willing to embrace his faith once again. Patrick fears that revisiting his past will trap him once again in the cycle of fear and denial that made his life a misery, and this time, Wiremu cannot rescue him. As he sinks deeper into darkness, he realises that the only way to break this curse requires him to make an impossible choice: his love or his life.
And I got what I was hoping for. Another book – currently untitled – that is all about Scott, Francis, and Julian! I couldn't be happier. Add on that Epilogue about Pip and Cross (and the statue!) and it was perfect. Another resounding success. Especially when Pip got what he wanted, just in a roundabout way. I loved that his suggestion of the hotel led to this, and that it links back to The Haunted Bedchamber, when he admitted he might suggest the hotel in the first place. Those touches are what makes the series so good. The connection, the constant appearance of Pip and Cross in the Epilogues, that tie the series together, and the knowledge that, even unexpectedly, Pip is directing it all from behind the scenes, letting his friends and family explore the paranormal elements of the world.
The Weeping Statue is another outstanding installment in the Read by Candlelight series. So few authors can manage to write a series where every book is a mark of excellence, every one has intriguing and unique characters that take you on a journey, while maintaining a plot that takes you to the depths of gothic mystery. Each book straddles that unspoken line of shadows that linger between reality and the paranormal. Each book only gets better.
““You were saying?” A smile played around Wiremu’s lips.