Summary: London 1773. Julia Ridler struggles to adjust to life after witnessing the wrenching demise of her closest friend inexplicably strangled by the man she loved. She returns home after the heart-breaking ordeal to find her headstrong sister intent on marrying for passion, despite all the warnings.
When Julia’s friend beckons from the grave, she is forced to embrace her ability, however unnerving. But nothing will prepare her for the frightening discovery of what really happened that night, and why . . .
In the tradition of Daphne du Maurier comes this riveting debut with gripping prose and romantic elements. Set in the atmospheric backdrop of eighteenth century England, The Red Ribbon is a suspenseful triumph about enduring love, bitter betrayal and the unbreakable bond between two sisters.
My thoughts: Even though there you can guess early on what the ending is, I liked how the story progressed. The characters are also well-crafted and are interesting.
As in the case of The Girl With No Past, which I reviewed earlier, Rachel Ledge doesn’t explain some important things in this book too.
Although I received an earlier version quite a while ago, I misplaced it and had to read a newer version. So, some of the errors that other reviewers have mentioned have been cleaned up. However, it still has errors—for example, ‘gait’ has been misspelt as ‘gate’, which makes you laugh at the most inopportune moments.
Is the story unique? No. I have read similar stories before. The only difference is that the heroine marries someone else; here, the villain himself! Is the book enjoyable? Yes. Despite the predictable ending, you keep on reading to know how it all came to be.
Note: The book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.