A review by Nalini Haynes
The Stonehenge Legacy by Sam Christer begins with a sacrifice at Stonehenge. The victim is wearing, among other things, a watch. Human sacrifice in the 21st century. Nathaniel Chase commits suicide, leaving a suicide note for his estranged son Gideon, who is an archaeologist. Nathaniel left clues for his son to learn the truth, knowing the secret society he belonged to will try to prevent an outsider learning anything. Gideon, freshly bereaved of his estranged father, must forge anew his relationship with his father in order to find the clues and decipher a code.
Megan Baker is a policewoman and profiler for the local constabulary, assigned to a number of different cases including Nathaniel’s suicide, which case promptly expands into burglary and arson. A secret society emerges, a cross between the Freemasons and a druidic order.
Jake Timberlake is a spoilt son of a millionaire Lord, and Caitlin Lock the wild child of the Vice President of the USA and a movie star. They inadvertently stumble into the story whilst caught up in their romance.
The plot is well paced, with no plot holes screaming at me to ruin the story. The characters are well-rounded with believable motivations and development through the story. This is not SF, nor does it sit well in the fantasy genre. The Stonehenge Legacy is more of a thriller with paranormal overtones. Think Conspiracy Theory with more than a dash of the Da Vinci Code (but much better than the movie of that name).
I enjoyed The Stonehenge Legacy. I haven’t said much in this review because, as a thriller, it would be too easy to ruin the plot with a spoiler.
This article was previously published in Dark Matter issue 3, April 2011, and predated on this website to reflect the original publication date.