Title: Haunt Me Still
Author: Jennifer Lee Carrell
Release Date: April 15, 2010
Genre: Historical Thriller
Rating: 3 out of 5
Kate Stanley is thrilled when she’s asked by Lady Nairn to direct a production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Lady Nairn, a once-infamous actress, has asked Kate to come to her castle in Scotland, albeit with a hidden agenda. Little does Kate know that she will be drawn into the world of intrigue and mystery surrounding Macbeth, and that the play’s old curse will fall on her and those surrounding her.
I really enjoyed Jennifer Lee Carrell’s Interred With Their Bones, so I was excited when I discovered there was a sequel coming out. It’s not really necessary to read the first book in order to understand this one, as the focus in this book is plot rather than characters, but I must admit I did enjoy the first more than the second.
There is a lot of history in Haunt Me Still. Carrell relies on historical events and scholars’ deductions as the basis for this book. There’s an author’s note at the end of the novel that’s about 10 pages long, which focuses on the truth behind this book. At the same time, though, there is almost too much history in the novel, and it comes at the expense of any real character development. Sometimes the plot gets bogged down by the details.
The mystery in Haunt Me Still centers on an original manuscript of Macbeth, one that Kate has to find. I found this premise incredibly interesting, especially since the peculiarities of Macbeth lend themselves to the idea of this manuscript actually existing. The inclusion of the supernatural didn’t work so well for me, but other readers might appreciate it. Additionally, the plot was a bit convoluted – it was very complicated, and the sheer number of historical facts and details made the story hard to follow at times.
If the idea of these historical thrillers based in Shakespeare interest you, I’d definitely pick up Interred With Their Bones. If you love that book, you might enjoy Haunt Me Still, but I wouldn’t recommend starting with this one.