Til now I have only reviewed cozy mysteries and that is the genre I plan to stick to for the forseeable future. But after reading the following book, I just had to share my opinion with you. I hope you'll love it as much as I did.
And now the review...
THE THIN PLACE by Lori Herter
California native Glenna Molloy, a travel writer, flies to Ireland to explore sacred places cherished by Finn Maguire, her great lost love, in hopes of finding new meaning in her life. But Coyle Foxworth, her intrusive and cagey co-author, can’t work without her. He follows her to County Fermanagh, disturbing her spiritual journey. They visit tiny Caldragh Graveyard with its ancient pagan stone and fairy tree. The graveyard is reputed to be a “Thin Place,” where the veil between our world and the Celtic Otherworld is so fragile it can disappear. There they meet a mysterious femme fatale, Maeve, who says she is half-fey. Magical things begin to happen, and suddenly Finn reappears in Glenna’s life… - This blurb is used with permission from the author's description.
I love this book. I was hooked from page one. It's very clear that Ms. Herter did her research for this story. Her knowledge and insight of Ireland are apparent in every chapter. I feel as though I walked with Glenna. Saw and felt all that she did. Every description and emotion came to life with crystal clarity.
The characters in THE THIN PLACE are as rich as Ireland itself.
Glenna Molloy is a very real, believable protagonist . She has flaws and weaknesses, yet her strength shines through. Her love for Finn and the places so dear to him propel her into a journey that many of us may not have the courage to take.
Finn Maguire had my heart in his first scene in this story. A man of convictions, he gave up his one true love to honor a commitment that many men would have walked away from. Our world could benefit from a few more Finns.
Glenna's co-author, Coyle Foxworth is the night to Finn's day. I personally found him obnoxious and clueless. But I will say one thing about Coyle--he is a man who knows what he wants. His character further deepens the telling of this story.
Maeve, is she really half-fey? Each reader has to make up their own mind to that. As for me? I believe! Maeve is an independent woman with an amazing insight into people. She has a wisdom that, dare I say is other worldly.
You also get to meet Eily O'Grady, the owner of the B&B that Glenna calls home while in Ireland. Eily is a good sounding board for Glenna as so many things happen. She's a sweet woman who won me over right away.
There are a couple other characters that round the story out, but they are for the reader to meet.
THE THIN PLACE is a story I'll remember for a long time to come and one I am sure to revisit. It was fresh and different from anything I've read in years. Afterward, I found it hard to keep it from my thoughts. The journey of reading this book was one I enjoyed very much. I do however have one request to make of the author, Ms. Herter. Please write a prequel!