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Eye of the Rushes

(7 customer reviews)


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Wordcatcher Publishing


FICTION / Historical / General




The Glasswater Quintet


9781912056750, 9781912056767, 9781912056774

7 reviews for Eye of the Rushes

  1. Lin – Amazon

    5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 March 2021
    This book has all the elements that I enjoyed in the previous books: the expert interweaving of past and present, and the suggestion of the seen and the unseen, all topped off with a good helping of mystery. It’s set in the hinterland where suburbia meets the Essex marshes, and the author expertly evokes the atmosphere of a place that is neither one thing nor the other.

    The characters, as always, are beautifully drawn, and when someone from a previous book reappears it’s just like meeting an old friend.

    I’m now eagerly awaiting the next and final book in the quintet!

  2. Telford AJ Williams – Amazon

    Telford AJ Williams
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another thrilling episode in the series
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 February 2021
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    Book four of the quintet and the best one so far. The author improves with every instalment. You don’t have to have the read the previous books in the series to enjoy this, it works very well as a standalone story but as a reader I can’t help feeling a visceral thrill every time a character appears from one of the previous stories, usually at a different time in their lives.

    I don’t want to give too much of the story away but the things I’ve enjoyed from the previous books are still all here. The other-wordly settings, the vaguely supernatural feel of the story-telling and the sense of ‘otherness’ in the characters.

    I would describe it as a page turner but the prose is much too beautiful and considered to hurry even though you desperately want to know what happens next. I give it five stars and hope for a worthy conclusion to the quintet with the next book. It’s surely fair to expect that as four books in, James has yet to put a foot wrong.

  3. Odette – Amazon

    5.0 out of 5 stars Another ‘can’t-put-downer!’
    Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 4 February 2021
    Well, James has done it again! I just couldn’t put this book down, and thank goodness I had the luxury of time to be able to immerse myself in it. The way the story alternated between centuries was effortless, and was easily followed; each century with its own share of mystery and intrigue. Whilst this is a standalone book, I was thrilled to see the familiar names from the previous quintet crop up, and especially at the conclusion re. Phyl.
    So, what to do now? Just wait, like James’s other fans for book 5 – I for one will be counting down!!

  4. Ada – Amazon

    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.

  5. miss jackie kay reynolds – Amazon

    A gripping page turner. An intriguing and exquisitely written murder mystery, using past and present time zones to construct a thrilling and explosive ending. Tenuous links to prior mysteries yet a good ‘stand alone’ book.

  6. Annie Lewis – Amazon

    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!

  7. railnutter – Amazon

    An exciting and absorbing read. Beautifully written and constructed, mixing time zones in history and modern day. Threads connect with previous books in the series and tension builds to an exciting denouement.

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