The Voice Within by Roger Penfound
|Title: The Voice Within
Author: Roger Penfound
Rating: 4.7 out of 5.0 stars(7)
Doug Penhallam has been sacked as a journalist from a national daily for phone hacking. With his marriage in tatters and a string of failed affairs behind him, he leaves London to research a triple murder that took place in his own ancestral home during the English Civil War. Penhallam Manor, in the rugged south west of England, is owned by the mysterious Julia Masters, a self-confessed alcoholic and recluse. Doug finds that his presence in the house awakens memories of terrible past deeds, centred on the persecution of a young girl whose love for a neighbour was cruelly opposed by her father because the two families supported different sides in the war.
As Doug’s relationship with Julia develops, they become lovers and he learns the true reason for her incarceration in this isolated manor house. With her help, he discovers that events which occurred there nearly four hundred years ago are mirrored by his own son’s relationship with a Muslim girl whose father has forbidden her to marry outside of their faith. When his son’s girlfriend is abducted and forced to appear before a sham Sharia court for offending Islamic moral values, the memories in the house take on a more tangible form which propel Doug and Julia into a dramatic chase to rescue them both from a brutal punishment.