- Title: Whispers in the Sand
- Author: Barbara Erskine
- ISBN: 9781402261756
- Page: 234
- Format: Paperback
Past and present collide in richly mysterious Egypt, where recently divorced Anna Coburn is retracing a journey her great grandmother Louisa made in the 19th century Cruising down the Nile from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, Anna carries with her two mementos an ancient Egyptian scent bottle, and the diary of that original Nile voyage, which has lain unread for a hundPast and present collide in richly mysterious Egypt, where recently divorced Anna Coburn is retracing a journey her great grandmother Louisa made in the 19th century Cruising down the Nile from Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, Anna carries with her two mementos an ancient Egyptian scent bottle, and the diary of that original Nile voyage, which has lain unread for a hundred years As she follows Louisa s footsteps, Anna discovers both the chilling secret of the bottle and the terrifying specters that pursued her great grandmother.
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Normally enjoy this author but the delivery for this paranormal themed novel set in Egypt was a bit too uneven. I loved the setting and the premise of the novel. Thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of Egypt and felt the timelessness of the country, the history. I thought that was extremely well presented. However the ending was quite abrupt without any real resolution, or adequate explanation. It was the relationship between Louisa and Hassan, and the setting of Egypt that kept me reading. Not t [...]
Whispers in the Sand by Barbara Erskine was first released in 2000 to rave reviews. When I saw that Sourcebooks was offering a review copy, I was so excited. Why?? Barbara Erskine is my favorite author and has been since I read Lady of Hay. In fact, I remember that I had to order the book online with my first computer. I had to order it from the UK and when I did receive it I was thrilled. It took me a few years to read itt because it was a bad book but because I wanted to savor it and didn't wa [...]
Anna Fox needs a break from London and the ex-husband, and decides to journey to Egypt and retrace the trip along the Nile taken by her great-great-grandmother Louisa . On a whim, she also decides to bring along an ancient scent bottle Louisa had brought back with her - and there's a big mystery surrounding the bottle as it seems to take on a life of its own. Anna has a single cabin on board ship, but *people* sure do seem to come and go as well as things going bump in the night - is someone on [...]
I'm a little disappointed in this novel, and I really hoped I wouldn't be because I can't afford a weekend away let alone a two week cruise down the Nile so I planned on living vicariously through it. Unfortunately I just found myself becoming increasingly irritated by it so I'm sharing my thoughts before I even finish it. #1. If you've never read a book with English grammar it might trip you up a bit. At first I thought there were just an obscene number of typo's.#2. I just couldn't remain exci [...]
This story started out with the hope of a beautiful enriching adventurous tale! It had twists But the same ones over and over The repetition was obnoxious, but the compulsion in me to finish made me press on to the end! I had no reprieve and it led to another unending cycle and no clear or even decent open ended conclusion! It was as if the author was lazy and decided to end it abruptly! The only explanation was the authors after note which gave a pathetic excuse that it could be compared to t [...]
At best, I found this book uneven. Thought the parts read from the Victorian diary very interesting, but the contemporary narrative, not so much. Aside from the fact that most the characters acted like they were still in high school, I found the 'cursed perfume bottle' storyline a bit absurd, along with the 'magic snake'. And really, just what was all the fuss with the 2 ancient priests feuding over it anyway? It seemed much ado about nothing.However, I loved the Egyptian setting and the author [...]
A tiny bottle with an ancient Egyptian curse. A modern-day story with a yet-to-read diary belonging to a great-great grandmother. Flashbacks. And a forbidden love story. All of that sounded good and entertaining, butThere were several characters that were just annoying. Really 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. Next chapterpeat. As a matter of fact, even the en [...]
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?) blended with a lame Scooby Doo mystery & sprinkled with obnoxiously obvious infodumps = yawn. (N.B.: Hope Lady of Hay is better. At least that one promises some entertainment, what with the '80s ripper echoes sending so many reviewers into a tailspin o' disgust.)
Jeez, this was horrible Really terrible writing Bad bookRead it in January of 2006 It stayed with me It was so bad I still cringe when I think about the cardboard characters with no real life motivations General rule of thumb , if the cover is gorgeous Avoid it The Contents Matter Disney Needs To StopMaking New Star Wars movies Every year .
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 [...]
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.* There was sexism in Lady of Hay, but I dismissed it as part of the era (both the book's setting and the time the book was written). 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 think this is my favourite Barbara Erskine book so far :) still dreaming if going to Egypt one day.
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.
This was the first Barbara Erskine novel I read and I LOVED it. It was my first delve into paranormal and I had a great time playing catch-up with Erskine's other titles.
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 But still. Guys, read something else.
Kept the suspense throughout the book. Not great literary writing but entertaining enough for reading at work lunch and on the bus. BUT the ending is so abrupt, quite frustrating. NOTE: read "sands of time" straight after this as it contains two lengthy short stories following on from this book.
Enjoyed the plot along with the storyline going back and forth between past and present. Did not think characters were fully developed (gave impression of being immature), plus did note some choppy action throughout novel, especially during fast-paced parts.
Nicely set in historic Egypt. However, by the second half of the book the natural setting is gone, the Egyptian reach hysterical is overshadowed by a story that seems to go round and round. The characters are disappointingly superficial too.
Barbara Erskine is my favourite author, I have all her books and would highly recommend each and every one. You won't be able to put them down! There are characters from the past and present intertwined in a single story, grounded in historical fiction and they're always full of ghosts. Gripping.
I enjoyed this book but I admit I struggled to hang on towards the end. Oh, and I'm being kind when I say I wanted to sail away on the dahabeejah, leaving certain characters behind never to be seen again.
Not my cup of tea The chapters with weird ramblings.
pretty goodke learning about Egypt and present
Enjoyed the story but the writing style was what kept me engaged and wanting to know what happened next. A sign of a good book in my opinion.
Author Barbara ErskineCharacters Anna Fox, Louisa, Hassan, John Forrester, Roger Carstairs, Andy, Toby, Serena, Charley, Omer, Anhotep and Hatsek (priests ) and of course haunted Scent bottleLocation : England and EgyptPlot Anna Fox recently divorced decides to cheer herself by going on vacation to Egypt. Egypt was Anna's long time fascination. Before going there, Anna receives a dairy written by her great great grandmother Louisa on her trip to Egypt in the mid nineteenth century, and also a sc [...]
originally posted at longandshortreviews.cAnna Fox is recently divorced and free from her controlling husband, but she doesn’t know what to do with herself. Her aunt suggests she retrace a Nile cruise her great-grandmother had taken years before. She says yes, but doesn’t realize just what awaits her in Egypt… Ms. Erskine writes a very solid novel. Every word she uses is there for a purpose and she weaves pictures of Egypt and its scenery, imbues you with a sense of danger, and makes you w [...]
My daughter calls me a “word nerd” often, and unlike other choice things she has to say about me, with this I am not offended. I freely admit I’m addicted to books. It’s an addiction, like many others that can lead to financial ruin if left unchecked. Which is why I adore signing up to win free books on sites like LibraryThing and GoodReads. I’ve kept food on the table by feeding my addiction with many won books. This book, Whispers In The Sand is one of them.As an American, I had a li [...]
Esoteric mysteries and all-too human tensions combine to make this a real page-turner. Too many people on this Egyptian cruise seem to be overwrought. Charley thinks Anna wants to steal her boyfriend. Andy and Toby seem to be picking fights with each other and throwing accusations at each other on a daily basis. Charley, Andy and Serena all know each other and have entrenched opinions they are all too willing to confide in Anna. Everybody seems to want Anna to share her great grandmother Louisa' [...]
A wonderfully enthralling read, this book was my first introduction to Barbara Erskine. Hefty, but with a marvelous spectral aura to it, this novel was impossible to put down. Full of vivid depictions of Egypt, Erskine's writing made me add it to my Travel Wish List! The only disappointment was the anticlimactic ending. Favourite Quotes:"Life, Anna, is to be experienced. Lived," she said, slowly licking jam off her fingers. "It may not turn out the way we planned or hoped. It may not be totally [...]
This is my first book by Barbara Erskine but if given the chance to read another I will certainly do so. I found myself thoroughly loving (most of) the characters and certainly the locale of this book. I have a fascination for books that take place in Egypt; so mysterious, so old. In this tale Anna Fox is recently divorced and is feeling totally diminished by an ex-husband who used her as nothing more than a social secretary. Encouraged by her aunt she takes off to Egypt to follow in the footste [...]
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