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Three generations search for Dracula's resting place, and their stories are nested within each other, so that we know that at least two quests ended badly. Kostova rations her thrills very carefully so that we jump out of our chair at quite slight surprises, especially when we have come to expect buckets of blood and loud bangs. She also has a profound and well-communicated sense of place and period, so that the book is equally at home in 1930s Rumania, Cold War Budapest and 1970s Oxford. Kostova is particularly good on the sights and sounds of remote country places and the taste of real peasant food--this sensuous realism does not always go with her other skill, the creation of imagined documents and folksongs that feel as real and true as what might be actual.
This is a quietly good book rather than a spectacular debut, with some uncomfortable twists in its tail; her heroine-narrators are, and perhaps remain, in the most serious of jeopardies. ---Roz Kaveney
Good twist on an established character. Looking forward to more from this author.Published 3 months ago by Ian Norman
This book was recommended to me by a friend. Started off well but took a little time to get in to. I found that the story dragged a little, particularly the daughter's perspective... Read morePublished 4 months ago by T. Davies
Very well researched story. I found parts a little slow but necessary to build the plot. Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes historical novelsPublished 4 months ago by Grandma
Writing good books is difficult but I really don't know how this got so many good reviews? Friends and family? Read morePublished 4 months ago by Martin Scoreseasy
The prose is grippingly descriptive and the chapter ends leave the reader with a thrill to read on. This template however starts to drag around halfway through the novel which is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by sorabh sharma