The story tells of the adventures of John Ridd after his father is murdered by the Doones. After falling in love with Lorna Doone his life is put in great danger and we follow his perilous adventures to a conclusion which narrowly avoids tragedy.

This novel is not only a fine story of adventure and romance but it also has an interesting historical background and powerful descriptions of the Somerset countryside. The feud between John Ridd and the bloodthirsty Doones gives the book a dark and sinister tone. For me, one of the most gripping scenes is the final confrontation between John Ridd and Carver Doone in which Carver is sucked into the mire.

Tim Golden is a computer programmer in London.  He is also the editor of the Good-to-Read website.