Book Review: ‘The Collector’s Daughter’ Is An Intriguing And Expertly-Crafted Thriller

Bestselling author Gill Paul returns with a brilliant novel about Lady Evelyn Herbert, the woman who took the very first step into the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, and who lived in the real Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle, and the long after-effects of the Curse of Pharaohs.

This is a telling of Tutankhamun’s tomb and the strange happenings that ensued when it was discovered and entered. You are told the story through the eyes of Eve, her father was Lord Carnarvon who happened to be the sponsor of Howard Carter, the famous archaeologist who discovered said tomb. I can say right away that I enjoyed this book from start to finish. I am in common with others of my ilk, I am an armchair explorer and adventurer.

Eve fills in the background of the twenties, both the London and Egyptian lifestyles, and they are presented in a fascinating way. The fabulous contents of the untouched tomb went worldwide of course and it caused a great deal of discussion when it became known that a curse was attached to the opening of the tomb. Anybody disturbing the resting place of King Tut, was doomed to die a horrible death. The death curse is woven into the entire novel, people do die, and mysterious carry-ons transpire.

The richness of the contents of the tomb left people speechless, it was unrivaled for the artifacts that were found there and of course, some of them made their way into the wrong hands and the consequences were dire. If, like me, you are well enthralled with the story, you will find a place for it on your top shelf. It is effectively told and it is a gem that should be given top priority. The story goes into great detail, and the historical components are brilliant.


Available in bookstores September 7th

Ann McDonald

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