Today I am bringing you my review of The Barefoot Road by Vivienne Vermes.
Vivienne Vermes’ debut novel is a gripping read which will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction, thrillers and evocative themes. The book begins with a young woman found, emaciated and unconscious, in the mountains surrounding a village in Transylvania. When it is discovered that she is of an ethnic group which was violently driven out of the regions many years before, old wounds are reopened as the villagers are reminded of their role in the bloodshed.
An uneasy peace is maintained until a young married man falls in love with the girl, and tension begin to rise within the community. The mysterious disappearance of a child causes this tension to mount into hysteria, driving the story to its chilling outcome.
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The Barefoot Road is a book that holds a sinister air from the very first page, although it is hard to say whether this is due to the remoteness of the village, the rawness of the landscape or the actions of the villagers and their massacre of nomadic tribe. Something about the author’s writing set me on edge before anything had even happened and left me with a chill in my bones. The vivid imagery brings the stark landscape to life as local gossip and politics are intensified by the isolation of village both by the weather and by the terrain that surrounds it.
The tragic stories of Mariuca’s and Paraschiva’s past touched my heart, and left me wishing for happier times in their futures.
This is a book that is scary in it’s honesty, showing how one power hungry person can so quickly whip up fear and hatred in otherwise good people, creating a mob mentality that leads to shocking brutality.
Come back later on today to find out more about the inspiration behind the book in Vivienne’s own words.
Many thanks to Vivienne, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to take part in this blog tour, and for providing my copy of the book. Please make sure you stop by the other blogs taking part in the tour.