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Venetia - A Supernatural thriller set in Venice [Kindle Edition]

Simon Barnes
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Book Description

a chilling supernatural thriller played out amongst the evocatively conjured canals and alleyways of Venice, as spirits centuries old are re-awakened by the discovery of a mirror at an archaeological dig. And the archaeologists' seven-year-old daughter is what these spirits need...

"If you're a fan of Venice's darker aspects and like to be a little disturbed at times you're in for a treat here. " - Jeff Cotton Fictional Cities

"The novel is highly atmospheric, filled to the brim with Venetian locales...A well-written tale with a luscious setting..." Kirkus Reviews

"'Venetia' is a bit like Dan Brown's 'Angles and Demons' transferred to Venice. A highly entertaining mix of fact and fiction... it would make a great travel companion for anyone in need of a page-turning guidebook to Venice." Mette - Italian Notes

"The writing was fluid and clever, weaving in the supernatural elements of the story so cunningly, you never knew it was there until it jumped up on you. " - Miranda Stork Goodreads

"I found it to be a real page turner and read it quickly, anxious to find out how it would end.,, " - Martha Bakerjian

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 492 KB
  • Print Length: 356 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 147838851X
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F62BVW
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,286 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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An excellent read it starts with the prologue set in 1508 when the murder of a young girl takes place, the tale then starts in 2011 with a husband and wife team searching for historical objects in the Venetian lagoon. For a large proportion of the book I thought the author's description of "supernatural thriller" was a misnomer as it was about the archaeology and bringing up the daughter "Venetia" in Venice. It is a very good piece of descriptive writing and brings Venice to life with all the bridges and narrow streets. It also shows some of the problems of going to school in a country where you do not speak the language. However I was wrong and everything is slowly developing so that the supernatural element is slowly woven into the story and the tension builds. It is difficult to say more without giving away the plot but for me the story is more about the atmosphere it invokes rather than plot and it is an extremely good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compelling Read! 4 Aug. 2013
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This is a chilling and completely page turning read! I loved it!

Penny and Gideon Mantell are archaeologists. They, along with their seven year old daughter, Venetia, set off to Venice to work. These three characters are fantastic. Both Penny and Gideon are dedicated archaeologists, on the trail of a mystery spanning 500 years. Venetia is a typical, curious seven year old. She and her family are unaware of the danger that has lain sleeping, waiting to be released.

I started reading this book, and was hooked within the first paragraph! This is a very dark tale that was as compelling, as it was repelling! Aureo Zancani was a despicable and evil character who sent shivers down my spine! He abused a position of power to get what he wanted. His legacy of evil tainted an innocent, and left his family ashamed of him. It is characters like this that make me hope that there is a Hell.
Venetia was a breath of fresh air! Her curiosity and innocence made me want to hug her! She has a level head on her shoulders, and is extremely bright.
This book is told through several different points of view, but this did not break the flow of the story. In fact, it enhanced it. However, Venetia's point of view is the main focus, and her thoughts and ideas made me smile. The story has many twists and turns which built a sense of foreboding so strong in me, I was beginning to dread continuing to read! However, the twist at the end completely surprised me! Sufficed to say, the story has stayed with me long after finishing it.

Simon Barnes has written a hauntingly dark and thrilling supernatural thriller that has captured my attention. His descriptions of Venice made me feel like I was actually there. His writing style is fast paced and it flowed beautifully.
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I loved the start of the story, I was hooked in immediately. The author left me just enough titbits to wonder straight away what on Earth could be going on! I loved that the story flitted between two timelines as well, the prologue set in 1508, and the present day set in 2011. The writing was fluid and clever, weaving in the supernatural elements of the story so cunningly, you never knew it was there until it jumped up on you. The descriptions were vivid and crisp, but not overly poetic. The characters were well-described and rounded out, and the main characters were very believable. And on top of all this, the supernatural elements were blended in perfectly, not gory or too fast, but enough that you got a little chill as you were reading.

Bad Points

The only minor bad point I would bring up , would be that the prologue started off a little choppy. It eased out further into the novel, and it wasn't enough to put me off reading, but at the same time it disrupted the early reading flow a little.


This was an excellent supernatural thriller with elements of archaeology and religion giving it a dramatic feel. It was a great read, and I couldn't put it down until I had finished the last page! I loved that throughout the whole book I was questioning everything and everyone, trying to work out what was going on with every twist and turn. There were scandals and horrors as more and more of the story was revealed, and I couldn't wait to turn every page to find out what else would happen. I loved this book, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to read about the supernatural, but also wants an exciting thriller with twists and turns that will you gasp in shock at time.

I give this novel.......5/5 stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!!! 21 July 2012
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Venetia is a great book for those who are fans of the supernatural. The author's descriptive writing style unfolds the plot in a unique way that captivates the reader's interest through out the book! I found myself sympathising with the characters, whilst sharing their agony and anguish.
I would highly recommend Venetia to anyone who is interested in the paranormal/supernatural genre.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not spine-chilling enough for me 14 May 2013
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I had high hopes about this book after reading the reviews but found it dissapointing.I love a good thriller and the idea behind this book was good but it lacked punch and excitement,i read on waiting for the twist in the tale but it never happened.
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