~ I was given an advance reader copy of this title in exchange for an honest review, I’m not associated with the author or publisher in any way and the views expressed are completely unbiased and entirely my own. ~
My rating: 2.5*
‘The Western Wind’ by Samantha Harvey is a combination of historical fiction and a whodunit. Set in a 15th century Somerset village, the story begins with the discovery and then subsequent disappearance of a dead body, that of the villages wealthiest inhabitant Thomas Newham. A mystery ensues about the nature of his death and who could be responsible. Our main protagonist and investigator is the village priest John Reve who is privy to all of the village inhabitants secrets and superstitions. I enjoyed this aspect of the novel because character driven drama such as this intrigues me, and it isn’t told linearly but rather unfolds bacckwards, which I always enjoy in historical fiction.
However, the narrative also includes a lot of personal reflection and inner monologue from Reve himself, which given his vocation is obviously religious in nature. This isn’t something I personally identify with therefore I found this less engaging and was my least favourite aspect of this novel.
~ Thanks to Vintage & Penguin Random House UK for inviting me to review this title. ~