Book Review: Cometh the Hour, by Jeffrey Archer

cv_cometh_the_hourAvailable now in bookshops nationwide.

Jeffrey Archer has topped bestseller lists around the world, with sales totalling over 270 million copies of his books. His novels and short stories include Kane and Abel, A Prisoner of Birth and Cat O’ Nine Tales. He is the only author ever to have been a number one bestseller in fiction (nineteen times), short stories (four times) and non-fiction (The Prison Diaries).

Cometh the Hour is the sixth book in The Clifton Chronicles series with the seventh, This was a Man, due to be published later this year. I reviewed Mightier than the Sword, the fifth in the series last year for this blog, here.

I have read the previous books in this series so eagerly awaited the arrival of this one, and I was not disappointed. Jeffrey Archer captures the reader’s attention with a ripping good yarn, leaving me drooling in anticipation of the next instalment.

This book continues with the story of the Barrington and the Clifton families in the 1970s. The jury was out. The judge had asked the seven men and five women to make one final effort to reach a verdict. Emma Clifton (nee Barrington), Chairman of Barrington Shipping has been charged with libel. A suicide note from Major Alexander Fisher can clear her, but she won’t hear of it being read out in court, fearing the consequences.

Meanwhile, Emma’s husband Harry continues his campaign to have Anatoly Babakov released from a Russian jail and his book, Uncle Joe (about working for Stalin), finally published. Harry is working hard also to reunite Anatoly with his wife Yelena. Will he succeed?

Emma and Harry’s son Sebastian is still in love with his former partner Samantha and struggles to find peace within himself. So when he finds out that Samantha is finally free of her marriage, he sets about reuniting with her and getting to know his daughter Jessica.

Meanwhile, Emma’s brother Sir Giles Barrington falls in love with a Russian girl, Karin  – supposedly born to a Russian mother and a Scottish father. Is she genuine?

Lady Virginia Fenwick, Sir Giles’ ex-wife and daughter of the Earl of Fenwick is a socialite with a very extravagant lifestyle, and she is finding it difficult to manage on the very generous monthly allowance from her father. After selling her car and other personal items to raise money, she becomes desperate, and devises a scheme of entrapment.

I loved this book, the characters were fascinating , and it was terribly hard to put down. I can’t wait for the final book in this series to be released in November 2016.

Reviewed by Christine Frayling

Cometh the Hour
by Jeffrey Archer
Published by Macmillan
ISBN 9781447252191


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