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Haunted Ground by Erin Hart
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Feb 12, 2009

really liked it
Read in December, 2008

This novel is a suspenseful mix of forensics, history and archaeology delightfully crafted around traditional Irish folklore.

The story is set in a tiny village in Ireland and opens when two farmers make a grisly discovery while harvesting peat. They discover the head of a young woman with long red hair perfectly preserved in the peat bog. Archaeologist Cormac Maguire and pathologist Nora Gavin are summoned."Bog bodies" are a remarkable find and time is crucial in order to preserve their original condition. Using years of experience and cutting-edge technology Cormac and Nora piece together the puzzle leading to the girl's identity and her brutal murder.

The plot interweaves with another case, two years previously, the wife and child of Hugh Osborne disappeared without a trace leaving a cloud of suspicion. Policeman Garrett Devaney suspects the head may belong to Mina Osborne and secretly reopens the case in parallel to Cormac and Nora's investigation. The combined exploration uncovers many secrets and they find themselves deeply embroiled in the developments. At this point, the writing is so descriptive and evocative I couldn't help but feel a chilling and menacing aura permeating from the story and this eerie feeling stayed with me till the end.

Haunted Ground is an engaging read with well constructed characters facing devious plot twists which kept me guessing and enthralled till the last page. A little romance was thrown in to soften things up making a delightful novel.
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