Sunday, January 29, 2012

THE CROSSING PLACES by Elly Griffiths



Crossing places are places where the temporal and eternal meet.

According to Elly Griffiths’ The Crossing Places, crossing places are often sacrificial sites at the edge of the sea.

Henges such as Stonehenge can be crossing places. The cross in Christianity is an actual and, later, a symbolic crossing place. Other religions have their crossing places too.

When archaeologist Ruth Galloway agrees to help Inspector Harry Nelson find two missing girls, they explore an ancient crossing place.

Saltmarsh near Norfolk has marked paths leading to a Bronze Age henge. Ruth believes they will find both girls' bodies on the marsh. One girl was recently-kidnapped and one has been missing ten years.

As the story unfolds, it involves Ruth’s history.

Ruth’s archaeological past, her love life, and her unmet need to be a mother all come into play.

This is a well-told story. It has elements of mystery and horror. It closes with two deaths. Along the way, Ruth has reason to be terrified.

The marsh itself, with its uncertain tides and areas of quicksand, takes lives.

Archaeology is more than just a setting for this book. Archaeology is at the heart of the story.

This story kept me reading. I plan to read more books about Ruth Galloway.

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