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‘A book to savour’ | Eye of the Rushes, by James Morgan-Jones

A book to savour.

I have read and greatly enjoyed the first three books in the quintet and have been eagerly awaiting this one. Like the others, it is beautifully crafted and stands well on its own. My first thoughts were how good the book feels physically; weighty and printed on good quality paper, but of course, the reading is the best part. 

The two intertwined tales are riveting and absorbing. The prose is as rich and as colourful as the visions experienced by the nineteenth-century maid and glimpsed in the modern-day parallel narrative. I used to live in the area where the novel is set, and was fascinated to find out more of its history woven into deeply satisfying stories that enhance each other though are separated in time.

Ada, 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.

A thoroughly enjoyable read, once again!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the fourth in the Glasswater Quintet but another great stand alone well researched story. I would recommend it to anyone who likes murder mysteries mingled with history, a bit of ‘other worldliness’ and beautiful rich prose. I love the way the book alternates between the present day – the making of a film to try to find the truth behind the mysterious and gruesome death of a policeman in the grounds of an old manor house over 100 years previously – to the time of the actual murder itself. Again the author has introduced us to really interesting characters, each with their own stories – some of whom see colours everywhere, and some who appear to see past inhabitants of the manor. Suffice to say this is a real page-turner which will not disappoint and I am very much looking forward to the final book in this Quintet – then I’ll probably read them all over again!

Annie Lewis, 5 out of 5 stars. Verified Purchase on Amazon.co.uk.

Readers become thoroughly invested in this riveting, prismatic fourth installment of the “Glasswater Quintet.” Two characters born over 100 years apart share the uncanny, haunting ability to see color. Find out why Eva, a member of a film crew documenting a harrowing incident, is so drawn to the peculiar house in question.

Sian Babish at BestReviews. Article: ‘Best books to gift in 2020’.

Released in late 2020, Eye of the Rushes is the fourth in James Morgan-Jones’ ‘Glasswater Quintet’ series. As with The Glass Citadel, the second book, the positivity of the reviews Eye of the Rushes has received has been overwhelming. It was even listed as one of the best books to give as a gift in 2020 by Sian Babish at BestReviews.

In this gripping work, we start in 1894, when a maid troubled by her ability to ‘see’ colours, becomes catalyst to an atrocity. The brutal murder of a policeman, his body discovered among the rushes at Hadensill Manor, remains unsolved. A hundred years later, Eva is increasingly drawn to the strange, unforgiving atmosphere of the house, and to the child Sybell, who also sees colours.

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