I have been a fan of Robert Goddard's novels for about ten years now and have read much of his back catalogue. I am always excited about reading the latest offering and have just finished one of his recent novels Long Time Coming.
The plot revolves around a young man, Stephen, who discovers that his uncle, Eldrich Swan, who he has always been told died 36 years previously has in fact been locked up in an Irish jail for undisclosed reasons. The novel opens when the uncle is released from prison and ends up living with Stephen with the mystery of the events leading up to his imprisonment gradually revealed over the course of the book.
As with any Robert Goddard book there are a lot of twists and turns along the way which is why I love his work and there is a strong historical context to the mysteries and events that unfold. In this case this includes events concerning the Second World War and the conflicts in Ireland at the time.
I like the way the book is organised, with the narrative switching between the events of the present day from Stephen's perspective and the past from Eldrich's perspective. The twists in the novel are perhaps not as shocking and surprising as in some of Robert's other work, but they are all the more believable as a result. The story, while again not his most compelling, is still a real page turner and you will certainly enjoy the book if you are a fan of his previous work.
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