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Book Review: Barbara Wood – Sacred Ground

Posted by HelenEdith on May 30, 2007

I nearly didn’t make it past the first chapter of this book, but I’m really glad that I persevered, because it turned into an excellent book.

The main character is an archaeologist, Erica Tyler, who is investigating a cave exposed during a landslip in Los Angeles. The cave is near some very exclusive houses, and the owners want the cave filled in so that they can return to their houses.

The cave contains paintings, the bones of someone known as “The First Mother”, and a number of other more recent objects. Native American groups want “The First Mother” buried elsewhere as soon as possible, so they don’t want Erica investigating, either.

We are led through a tale told partly from Erica’s perspective, interspersed with chapters from the time of “The First Mother” and her more significant descendants, right up to the time when the Spanish Missions are established and many tribes disintegrated. We are then led through the Californian gold rush, but then we go back to the present.

I didn’t like the way that one vital piece of information about Erica was withheld almost until the end of the book, but it was a jolly good story anyway.


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