This was a very intriguing historical mystery. I was thrown into the story from the very beginning when the unexpected bones were found. First of all, I love dual-time stories and this story went back and forth between the present and 1899-1918. I also like giving a story to those who were forgotten and nameless, even though this story is completely fictional it gives a small taste of the work that researchers do in order to solve mysteries of the past. This story did have a bit of a slow start for me, while I do find research interesting; there was perhaps a bit too much in the beginning. However, as the clues began to come forward and we got a look back into Shacklock’s time period, the story became better paced. There was definitely a lot going on with Bishop Shacklock and the story of his time in Greece and in the French Hospital were very involved and intriguing. The conditions of the field hospital were particularly well done and I could imagine it very well. Jess’ story slightly mirrored what the Bishop was going through, however some of her issues paled in comparison to the Bishop and the mystery woman. When the identity of the mystery woman is revealed, I felt relief of her identity and sadness over her story. Overall, an absorbing historical mystery and a wonderful look into historical research.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.