Mysterious family secrets lie hidden....
Archelologist Jonas Biggs has been hired to do the dig at Andersonville Prison, the worst POW camp during the Civil War. He has taken along his niece, Savannah Biggs, the only child of his twin brother, John. As the past is uncovered, the Biggs family get much more than they bargained for. Savannah is the only female born since before the war. She wears a Celtic cross given to her by her father, who received it from his father. It has been handed down for generations. At the dig, a second cross, which is a mirror image of Savannah's, is unearthed. A skeleton is discovered at the deadline. What do these two finds have in common and who is behind the mysterious things that keep happening to the family? What terrible secrets are hidden in the finds, and will they be uncovered?
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Great Civil War History-Mystery
I think once was enough for me.
It's not a typical mystery thriller with a current or on-going murder spree. This tells the story in current time, unravelling the mysteries at an archeological dig; and then back in time, as the events were happening at Andersonville.
... Weeelll, she was a little toooo sloooow to listen too. She had such a slow southern drawl that you could lose track of the story line as she was getting to the end of a sentence. The story would have been just as powerful, just as suspenceful if she had stepped up the pace a bit ... y'all.
Not extreme, but it made me look up some factual info on the actual Andersonville and read more about the Civil War in general.
Strong women have always wanted to contribute to military service any way they could, even if it meant disguising themselves to do it. I think they were brave precursors to the WACS & WAVES of WWII.
Interesting History, Predictable Story
While I enjoyed some of the historical details about the Andersonville Camp and the lives of the Civil War Soldiers, many of the contemporary elements (including the mystery) felt incredibly telegraphed. It was easy to guess the elements of the mystery, and the dialogue was exposition heavy at points.
There were some great details and moments described during the Civil War portions of the book, and the author clearly knows how to set a stage. That said, the mystery elements just didn't work for me personally.