"Exciting contemporary romantic gothic novel"
California writer Kate Neeson visits Cragg's Head, Ireland
to do an article on deceased folksinger Moruadh. Though
they never met, Kate considered Moruadh a friend as they
talked several times by phone before the singer fell off a
cliff. Kate needs this article as she has paid her own way
to come here and hopes a Moruadh piece will result in a
permanent staff position on Modern World magazine.
After just a few interviews, Kate realizes that most of the
locals believe that Moruadh's husband, photographer Niall
Maguire, killed her rather than a suicide or an accident
having occurred. Kate questions Niall about his
relationship with his departed spouse, but he obviously
hides a dark secret from her. When another villager is
found dead, circumstantial evidence points towards Niall as
the culprit. Only Kate believes he is innocent, but she
wonders if she sees him through Irish rose glasses.
Fans of contemporary romantic gothic novels will be
enthralled by Janice Macdonald's charming THE MAN OF THE
CLIFF. The story line is pleasant as all the gothic
elements from the castle to the foggy atmosphere to the
brooding male that the heroine loves are there to spice up
the suspense. Kate is a fine character though some of her
decisions seem inane as she places herself in danger.
Still the story line and Niall prove that a writer of Ms.
Macdonald's caliber can take the gothic out of the
historical setting and successfully place it in an
entertaining modern day plot.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted July 15, 2002