Her first novel, Lady of Hay, has sold over three million copies worldwide. She lives with her family in an ancient manor house near Colchester and in a cottage near Hay-on-Wye. Our customer reviews I fell in love with this book from the start. The intrigue begins on the very first page, and continues throughout the entire novel. I have always had a huge interest in everything Egyptian, so I found all of the Egyptian mysticism in this book so interesting to read about.
Barbara Erskine is well known for her time-slip stories, and she threaded three totally different eras so well in this book. Though Anna is the main character here, I did find myself much more immersed in Louisa's story, though Anna's was still so exciting. This whole book was one big magical mystery, with a touch of romance. I spent most of the time trying to guess what would happen next! Whispers in the Sand is one of the best books I've read this year, and I cannot wait to read Sands of Time, which is a collection of Erskine's short stories, including two more that continue Whispers.
Only because of this did I get it a higher rating than I would have solely based on the plot. A tiny bottle with an ancient Egyptian curse. A modern-day story with a yet-to-read diary belonging to a great-great grandmother. And a forbidden love story. All of that sounded good and entertaining, but There were several characters that were just annoying.
And there was too much repetition, and no resolution. For example, main character sees haunting apparition. She trembles and screams. Nothing happens to resolve. As a matter of fact, eve A tiny bottle with an ancient Egyptian curse.
As a matter of fact, even the ending had no resolution. Typical timeslip snooze that annoyed me like a runny nose in allergy season. Tepid, cardboard characters how many attractive young divorcees can one genre hold? Hope Lady of Hay is better.
Nov 30, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was my first delve into paranormal and I had a great time playing catch-up with Erskine's other titles. This is the first book by Barbara Erskine that I have read although I do own several others and on paper it sounded like the sort of thing I would really enjoy. Having finished it, I can say that I quite liked it but I certainly didn't love it. Normally enjoy this author but the delivery for this paranormal themed novel set in Egypt was a bit too uneven.
At least that one promises some entertainment, what with the '80s ripper echoes sending so many reviewers into a tailspin o' disgust. View all 15 comments. Dec 30, Asghar Abbas rated it did not like it. This is the first book by Barbara Erskine that I have read although I do own several others and on paper it sounded like the sort of thing I would really enjoy. Having finished it, I can say that I quite liked it but I certainly didn't love it. I thought the descriptions of Egypt were fantastic, really rich and evocative, and I liked how Ancient Egyptian mythology and religion was woven into the story.
The central mystery was also quite intriguing. However, there were a couple of areas where t This is the first book by Barbara Erskine that I have read although I do own several others and on paper it sounded like the sort of thing I would really enjoy.
However, there were a couple of areas where this book stumbled for me, the main one being the characterisation. There are two interlinking timelines in this book, the s and the modern day. I really enjoyed the former, I thought the characters were well developed and I was eager to know what was going to happen to them.
It's a pity the same cannot be said of those in the modern day storyline. None of them ever felt fully fleshed out to me, particularly the heroine, and one of the supporting characters was so irritating that it became a real distraction and sucked quite a bit of enjoyment out of the book. I don't normally experience such high levels of irritation with characters in books, even if I really do not like them, but this character pushed me to my limit on several occasions. The other area that I felt let this book down was the ending. Or rather the lack of one.
In her afterword, the author said she decided to leave things open so that the reader could make up their own mind about what the future held. There are occasions when I think that approach works well. This was not one of them in my opinion. There were too many questions left unanswered and it just didn't work for me.
Overall, this was a pleasant enough book to spend a few hours with but it won't be going on my favourites shelf anytime soon. I was disappointed in this book. I really liked Lady of Hay by the same author, and I usually love books that connect modern times with the past, but this one was just dull and annoying.
But it's prevalent in this much later book too. The female characters are patronized and downright bullied by the males. The protagonist has no agency and spends her time wringing I was disappointed in this book. The protagonist has no agency and spends her time wringing her hands and being inactive.
There's a touch of exoticification of Egypt too; one Egyptian man is always described by his "big brown hands," and so on.
The protagonist sees a shadow, gets scared, and panics. Men steal things from her, for which she forgives them and does nothing about. She reads a page of the diary, which could help her, but never the whole thing. Apr 23, Ron rated it liked it Shelves: Characters visit all the hot spots you will take on the cruise.
Perfect to enjoy with a cocktail by the pool. May 28, Ana rated it really liked it. I think this is my favourite Barbara Erskine book so far: Jul 17, Mandy rated it really liked it. This was an interesting read. I found myself googling the sites to enable me to picture them properly.
I liked how the two lives entwined. Looking forward to reading more of this author. Nov 30, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was my first delve into paranormal and I had a great time playing catch-up with Erskine's other titles. Aug 18, Evelina AvalinahsBooks rated it did not like it Shelves: I think this has been the worst book of this year for me. I wonder how much of that attributes to a bad Lithuanian translation..
Guys, read something else. I read 'The Lady of Hay' at the instigation of a colleague a couple of years ago, but wasn't obviously encouraged to try another novel by the same author. Earlier this year I bought this novel from a charity shop I had tucked the receipt in the book!
I really enjoyed it, I almost raced through it once I picked it up. Anna is divorced and stripped of her confidence after a I read 'The Lady of Hay' at the instigation of a colleague a couple of years ago, but wasn't obviously encouraged to try another novel by the same author. Anna is divorced and stripped of her confidence after a marriage to a very controlling and egotistical husband left her for his mistress and the baby he said he never wanted. Anna's inimitable Aunt Phyllis encourages Anna to go on holiday to Egypt, a place Anna was fascinated as a younger woman and where her Great Great Grandmother, Louisa, visited over a hundred years before after becoming widowed.
Louisa kept a diary and, as a painter, some of her sketches in the journal and Phyllis gives this to Anna for the journey as the younger woman retraces her ancestors steps. As Anna cruises down the Nile, her fellow passengers prove a mixed bunch. Anna's holiday isn't quite as calming as she hoped. And then she starts to experience strange feelings of being followed, and feeling threatened. It seems to be linked to a small blue glass scent bottle that Louisa bought back from her travels and has stayed in the family ever since. Anna bought it back to Egypt as a talisman, but it proves to serve a more sinister purpose.
Really interesting story with a fascinating twist. I was chatting with the physio clinics receptionist at a recent appointment so have passed it on to her. Jun 16, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: I was really interested in the trip down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan and the visits to the temples and tombs along the way. Whispers in the Sand Poster Author s: Whispers in the Sand Author s: Whispers in the Sand Charnwood Library Author s: Please email webmaster fantasticfiction.