Author: Nora Roberts
At a housing construction site, in the small town community of Woodsboro , a worker unexpectedly digs up some human bones. This causes the Antietam Creek Project to come to a sudden halt. It has been said that the plot already holds that part of the land in dread because of the haunted pond called Simon’s Hole.The bones are found to be more than 5000 years old.Lana Campbell, a widower with a young son,a city lawyer & the member of Historical Preservation Society , releases a court order to stop further construction on the site. First to arrive on the scene is the famous archeologist Dr. Callie Dunbrook, and her arrival brings in many other university grads and undergrads, including renowned anthropologist and Callie’s irritating but irresistible ex-husband, Jake Graystone.Forced to work together on the project, Callie and Jake set aside their mutual differences temporarily, and intend to discover what the bones of people long gone have to say.Since lot of people’s living depends on the construction site they don’t like these archaeologists digging the site and interrupting their work and hence decide to make life hell for these diggers.
Little does Callie know that her passion for finding out the secrets of the dead is on the verge of becoming a mission of finding out answers to the questions of her own past. An unknown and distraught woman,Suzanne Cullen, turns up at her hotel room telling her that she is her long lost daughter.This turns Callie’s life upside down and though she is sure that she was not adopted she still insists on finding the truth because it’s her birthright. Jake acts as the strongest and only support in Callie’s mission of unravelling the secrets of her birth,which actually makes them realize that their divorce was a biggest mistake that they made in their relationship.While they are at it and digging the site, the people in their team start dying, one by one.
Is someone out to sabotage the work of the archaeologists or are there supernatural forces at work and haunting the ground? Is Suzanne Cullen telling the truth?
‘Birthright’ no doubt is a superb work by Nora. This was the first time I picked her book and that too on an impulse and today I’m sure I’m going to pick her other works. The novel takes you through lot of twists and turns of the puzzle and in the meanwhile through the relationships that are entangled in love,emotions and questions. How the families come together and the role of each family member is given fair importance and justice. I felt there was no extra character or unnecessary added humour or romance in the storyline.Everything is in place as a suspense thriller. And no matter how hard I tried to guess who’s the culprit I really couldn’t guess it right till the end because Nora did not leave anything easy to even let you reach somewhere near the answers. ! So at the end you’ll be surprised to know who did what and why this story came into being actually ! Yes, it’s a must read.