Dissolution – Book Review
Welcome to Tudor England, its dark, bleak and lives are lived on the whim of others. The Reform has arrived in full force; with King Henry VIII now the Head of the Church, the monasteries are under scrutiny and the inevitable outcome is dissolution.
Sansom introduces us to Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer and supporter of the Reform, who is sent by Cromwell to uncover the truth behind evil happenings discovered at Scarnsea.
Cromwell’s Commissioner has been found murdered, and the church’s altar desecrated and no one seems to know the how or why.
Dissolution is so craftily constructed that you’re immediately swept into Tudor England, the sights, smells and characters rising in your imagination. It’s so convincing and effective you might need to read this in front of the heater, or add an extra blanket as the winter howls through the pages, and events create far more questions than answers , before all is undone; though not before Shardlake is made to question and doubt his principles and practices, what is said, seen and heard.
It’s grim and fascinating, a fantastic detective novel unlike anything I’ve read before; and for fans of Ken Follet’s Pillars of the Earth, something to keep you going!
Book Review by Jacq Ellem