Book Review: The Threshing Circle by: Neil Grimmett


Publication Date: February 19, 2014

Origins:  From Author for Review

Synopsis: A young couple arrive on the Greek island of Crete and begin prying into the execution of a beautiful English woman during the German occupation sixty years before. They enter a labyrinth of forbidden love, betrayals, murder, greed and vendettas, old and new. 

Then they disappear. 

A feisty Scottish woman and an irascible, Zorba-like Greek form a reluctant allegiance in a desperate attempt to find and rescue them. They both have very different motives for their involvement. Their search will take them to hidden rituals, ceremonies, remote gatherings, famous monasteries and villages abandoned after decades of vendettas. To the remote island of Gavdos and finally back to a place that, “Even God does not know exists”. 

They will encounter characters good and evil; some modern and pragmatic, others ancient and magical. 

All the time they are being stalked by the sons of man who seeks to complete the crimes of his father and sate his own greed and insane desire for vengeance. These men are more animal than human and have been raised in the remote mountains for the sole purpose of carrying out the brutal will of their father. 

The mystery of the real, hidden Crete runs deep, and THE THRESHING CIRCLE explores some of the myths and romance while not shying away from its often violent nature. 

By the end choices will have to be made. If such actions are really possible on an island where many Cretans still believe that: “The Cycle of Blood”, can never stop flowing.

Review: Patrick and Eleni arrive on Crete to solve a family mystery and visit Eleni’s ancestral lands. Kirsty is a tavern owner who befriends the couple (as much as they allow) and is upset when they go missing. Barba Yiorgos, a man with his own secret motives agrees to help Kirsty find Patrick and Eleni. On Crete, old blood still stains hands and vendettas linger long after the individuals originally involved have passed away. The Cretan Cycle of Blood still turns and threatens to consume more lives. THE THRESHING CIRCLE is a mystery started in bloodshed and violence and most Cretans believe it should also end the same way. A forbidden love starts this particular cycle while jealousy and hatred give birth to the blood spilled over sixty years ago, the past never stays buried for long. The rich history of the area and beautiful landscapes put a surreal view on the savage hate festering over decades. The characters are well-developed and, most importantly, give differing viewpoints into the same situation. THE THRESHING CIRCLE is not a book for those who enjoy light fiction, but for those who can deal with the viciousness within the human soul and the fallout of a bitter burning hatred passed down through the generations.

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