Author: Antonia Hodgson
Date Started: 11-08-2019
Star Rating: ✪✪✪
Synopsis from Goodreads
Late spring, 1728 and Thomas Hawkins has left London for the wild beauty of Yorkshire – forced on a mission he can’t refuse. John Aislabie, one of the wealthiest men in England, has been threatened with murder. Blackmailed into investigating, Tom must hunt down those responsible, or lose the woman he loves forever.
Since Aislabie is widely regarded as the architect of the greatest financial swindle ever seen, there is no shortage of suspects.
Far from the ragged comforts of home, Tom and his ward Sam Fleet enter a world of elegant surfaces and hidden danger. The great estate is haunted by family secrets and simmering unease. Someone is determined to punish John Aislabie – and anyone who stands in the way. As the violence escalates and shocking truths are revealed, Tom is dragged, inexorably, towards the darkest night of his life.
Inspired by real characters, events and settings, A Death at Fountains Abbey is a gripping standalone historical thriller. It also continues the story that began with the award-winning The Devil in the Marshalsea and The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins.
I always find books based on true events difficult to review. I found this book interesting and it kept me wanting to read it.
Thomas Hawkins was a likable character, who was found in a situation no one wanted to be in and he tried his best to protect the people he loved. I didn’t really care for John Aislabie at all, he didn’t seem to have a personality.
The plot was good although a few points where mentioned to a point of repetitiveness but it didn’t take away from the story.
I thought the author did well as I couldn’t figure out who had done all the dreadful things which were happening to John Aislabie.
I would read another book by Antonia Hodgson, I just think this one was missing something for me personally
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