It’s intriguing that two of the books I’ve reviewed recently feature both England and India so vividly, yet in such strikingly different ways. While Monsoon Summer shows everything in stark outline, part of what draws you into The Revelations of Carey Ravine is the way that everything is shrouded in mystery. The story starts with the main character, Carey, longing for information about her father (Daniel Ravine) who went missing long ago on the Indian subcontinent. As the story unfolds, however, we find that this is by no means the only secret.
Carey is relatively happily married to her husband Nash and living a life of apparent wealth in London. They’re a little down on their luck, struggling financially and Nash makes some questionable decisions in order for them to get ahead in the dog-eat-dog world that they live in. The arrival of two different men on the scene – Nash’s former colonial army friend Spencer and the mysterious Dr. Adam Martenson – rapidly unravels their seemingly perfect life. Carey finds that in addition to her own shadowed past, there are many more shady characters in her present. Who can she trust?
I love the way that the author grows Carey as a character. As the novel progresses we get to know more about her past, and it makes some of her decisions in the present more understandable. As a woman of her era, she suppresses some of her natural personality in her marriage to Nash and Daley unfurls the story of both the present and the past in such a way that Carey’s actions may at first appear surprising, but on closer inspection appear to be most fitting to the woman that she is becoming… or in fact, returning to.
Confused yet? Good. The Revelations of Carey Ravine is a classic thriller and one that is likely to keep you on your toes. The eerie conversations, vivid descriptions and unexpected plot twists are bound to keep you on your toes. Set aside a weekend afternoon to read this book because you are not going to want to put it down.