A brilliant story of love, danger, courage and betrayal from the Sunday Times top ten bestselling author of The Russian Concubine
It's 1932 and 27-year-old Jessica is living London life to the full when her younger brother Tim, an ancient Egyptian archaeology expert, goes missing. Teaming up with Sir Montague Chamford - who can resist neither a damsel in distress nor the chance of adventure - Jessie vows to find her beloved brother.
Following the clues Tim has left in his wake, Jessie and Monty head to Egypt. In the relentless heat of the desert, a powerful romance sparks between them, but danger also lurks in every shadow. But they must first confront the demons of Jessie's past-and reveal the dark secrets that threaten not only Timothy's life but theirs as well. With a 'thrilling plot,' Shadows on the Nile is a 'breathtaking [work of] historical fiction.' (The Times)
'Wonderful . . . hugely ambitious and atmospheric' Kate Mosse, author of Richard and Judy bestseller The Taxidermist's Daughter
At age seven, Jessie Kenton's upper-middle-class London world revolved around her emotionally disturbed younger brother, Georgie. One night, with no explanation, their parents took Georgie away, "replacing" him with an orphan boy named Timothy, whom they had adopted. After the initial pain of separation, Jessie gradually warmed to Timothy, but never forgot Georgie. Twenty years later, in 1932, Timothy, now an up-and-coming archaeologist, has disappeared, leaving behind cryptic clues for Jessie taken from their favorite Sherlock Holmes novels. She quickly deduces that he's in Egypt and leaves for Cairo to try and track him down. With Egypt shaking off the last footholds of British colonialism and artifact smugglers lurking in the shadows, Jessie faces danger at every turn. What's more, she doesn't yet know that Timothy has forged a strange, but durable, bond with Georgie, and that finding answers to one brother's disappearance will lead to a new understanding of what happened to the other. Furnivall laces this fast-paced historical adventure with surprisingly poignant interludes that ultimately connect to the family mystery at its heart. There are a few awkward plot twists, and a largely superfluous romantic subplot, but that won't keep readers from connecting deeply with the Kenton siblings.
This book started interestingly enough, but quickly became ridiculous. Sherlock Holmes, seances, autism, stolen artefacts, the Muslim Brotherhood, eugenics: the author throws so many tangents at this storyline that it ends with a giant question of ‘what did I just waste my time reading’.