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This Haunted World Book One: The Venetian: A Truly Haunting Supernatural Thriller Kindle Edition
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The novel picks up in 2015 with a married couple Rob and Louise who venture to Venice for a romantic weekend. It is clear by the sultry nights and bizarre sights this weekend is going to be anything but normal. I visited Venice in 1972 and recall the hauntingly beautiful sunsets behind this city of canals. Taking us on a whirlwind tour of the winding streets with their Byzantine and Gothic architecture, Struthers devises a unique tour not only for her characters, but for her readers as well.
The focus at this point is mainly upon Louise, a sensitive young woman with a passion for the unknown, and after a fractious few hours with her husband, she sees something that will change the course of her entire weekend - a veiled lady that appears to be trapped between two worlds. As Louise tries to make sense of what she has seen, her passion to visit the island of Poveglia becomes stronger.
Woven into this tale is an English lady living in 1938, a Charlotte Evans bound for Venice with her new husband, Italian doctor, Enrico Sanuto. At this point forward, the pace accelerates as we see Charlotte in love but at the same time entrenched in the mysteries cultivated by two doctors bent on a path of discovery. As Charlotte begins her employment on Poveglia she plunges deeper and deeper into a vivid frightscape where she realizes nothing on the island is quite what it seems.
It becomes clear that these two resilient protagonists, although living in different time periods, are somehow linked. What I liked about this book was the tragedy behind the mystery and the sheer horror of an emerging truth. But most of all, the evil energies we suddenly begin to empathize with. Struthers captures the darkness beyond our perception with every turn of the page.
A treasure trove of detail, filled with suspense and curiosity and a deftly crafted read you won’t be able to put down.
I was extremely grateful to TBC for giving me an ARC for an honest review.
Through a painting in a hotel foyer, the heroine, Louise, is immediately drawn to the ghost of one particular woman who is determined to tell her horrifying story and to tell it to Louise - revealing a truly terrifying tale. I can honestly say I was gripped and had to keep reading to find out what happened. Because fact is mixed with fiction it is all the more moving and enlightening.
If I said Ms Struthers has written yet another cracking supernatural novel it would underplay the originality and brilliance of this novel - highly recommended!
I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
This is an exceptionally good ghost story, almost a horror story you could say. It's wonderfully and disturbingly eerie with an element of sadness. I thought it was well written and fast paced - it kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end. It's very much a page turner. If you enjoy books about things which go bump in the night, this one is definitely for you!
I look forward to book two in Shani Struthers' 'This Haunted World' series, which is inspired by true events/experiences.
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