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2.0 out of 5 stars
A cure for Insomnia, 8 May 2009
Kostova has managed to miss both marks with a book that is both too long-winded at a whopping 750 pages to be a page-turner and yet too thin on factual information to be of historical interest. Try as I might I just could not finish this book. Pages of meandering descriptions of the Romanian countryside are interspersed with the odd bit of action, leaving you hanging on to your consciousness until, suddenly.... nothing happens. The plot is almost plagiarisingly close to that of the Da Vinci Code and whilst the prose is infinitely superior, I preferred the former for an entertaining read. An abridged version at 400 pages could be just about bearable, but if vampirism is your thing I strongly recommend you stick with Bram Stoker's original.