by Liz Berry (read September 2006) Rating: 3.75/5
When Claire's mother receives a cryptic summons from estranged relatives, she uproots her daughter from urban London to a remote estate in the English countryside. Ravensmere is immediately, disturbingly familiar, and Claire soon realizes that her psychic mother has kept huge secrets, beginning with Claire's own name. Worse, the people of Ravensmere seem to expect something of her, something having to do with Mark, leader of a local motorcycle gang. Though they have little in common, Claire and Mark fall helplessly in love, to the relief of the superstitious villagers who believe the two are destined to be the next Guardians, charged with protecting Ravensmere from destruction. Symbols of nature, healing, and rebirth are everywhere in the formal gardens, classical statues, and labyrinths of the Ravensmere grounds, and are clues to an ancient mystery. Like Persophone, Claire must descend into the bowels of the earth, face the terrors hidden underground, and then find her own way back to the surface.
This is book 5 for my RIP Challenge, however, I'm enjoying my plunge into the eerie so I've started The Historian for a bonus read.