It was the beginning of everything and also the end…
The full moon crept across the sky, spilling light on the gaps between the trees. The search party pushed their way deeper into the forest. The light from their torches showed them the way.
Laura Kildare walked in a dream-like state, past the barriers and the groups of police officers. The forest was full of strange faces, searching in the wrong direction, oblivious to where Sofia and Ben lay.
Laura sensed something in the moment before she saw it. A sudden shot of adrenaline pumped through her blood. Something caught her eye as she pushed her way through the dense undergrowth; it was Sofia’s gold necklace.
Then she saw Sofia’s body. The rust-coloured pine needles had fallen on her like decoration. Laura screamed; her face was the colour of a ghost. It was a gruesome canvas that would haunt her. There was no sign of Ben.
Sofia Sheridan was a French musician who moved to the remotest part of Ireland to forget her past and start again. It was the beginning of everything and also the end…
A sign of a gifted author is the ability to transport her readers, place them right in the middle of the storyline and allow them to feel the range of emotions that the characters in the book are going through. Joanne Clancy is that type of author and The Offering is the kind of book that stays with you long after you’ve read the last word. I have to confess that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about the characters and the tragic circumstances that each of them faced in the story, long after I finished reading it.
Joanne Clancy’s characters are well-written and very realistic. This book is haunting and mystical and a page turner. Without giving away the ending, it touches on themes that, unfortunately, are too often a part of the fabric of our society but does so in a way that keeps you engaged and provides you with a sense of hope.
I read it in one sitting, unable to put it down until I was able to find out exactly what happened to the characters and why. If you like psychological thrillers with themes of mysticism, this book is for you! ~ Erin Brady, Goodreads
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