07. The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths

This is the seventh book in the Ruth Galloway series and the story was wonderful to read and Ruth Galloway proved once more how engaging she is as a character and how interesting the world she lives in is.

The synopsis for this is as follows:

When DCI Harry Nelson calls Ruth Galloway in to investigate a body found inside a buried fighter plane, she quickly realises that the skeleton couldn’t possibly be the pilot. DNA tests identify the man as Fred Blackstock, a local aristocrat who had been reported dead at sea.

Events are further complicated by a TV company that wants to make a film about Norfolk’s deserted air force bases, the so-called Ghost Fields, which have been partially converted into a pig farm run by one of the younger remaining Blackstocks.

Then human bones are found on the farm and, as the greatest storm Norfolk has seen for decades brews in the distance, another Blackstock is attacked. Can the team outrace the rising flood to find the killer?

Ability to read – As I have previously mentioned in my last review, I find Elly Griffiths novels to be incredibly easy to read. Her books are always page turners and interesting and unique in their plot lines. I found this book to be interesting because it was a story about the near past rather than the distant past and thought it was cleverly plotted. I liked the idea that it had been a family secret, like skeletons in a closet. It made it all the more real when the truth was revealed.

Characterisation – It was this book that made me realise Clough potential. I’d always regarded him as a goofy side character but this book made me realise how far he’d come and how much further he wanted to go.

I’ve always seen Ruth as the light to Nelson’s dark and have always felt a strong connection to her. This instalment was no different for feeling a connection to the characters. These are characters that I’ve watched grow through seven books now and they hold a special place in my heart. It makes me reluctant to change – though I know I’m open to it – because the characters mean so much to me.

Visualisation – I found this book captivating and allowed it to lead me on a journey through time and through the secret actions of one man. It made me value my family all the more. I sensed darkness around the Blackstocks as soon as they were introduced, something sinister hidden away that formed my opinion of the family. It was easy to visualise the fighter pilot and the abandoned air spaces even though I have never been.

I found the climax of the book quite startling in how vivid the picture I’d created was. Elly Griffiths had completely lured me in with her words and the tension that wove in-between them. My heart thumped quite loudly through the penultimate scene and more than once I had to stop my imagination from running away from me and take a moment to calm down before continuing to read.

For me, those are the best books. The ones that affect you so deeply that you have to take a minute to regain control before you continue to read. I cannot say enough good things about this series of books. For me they are life.

Hannah xoxo

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