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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. I would consider reading more of this author's work in the future.
Due to the nature of this story, I do not recommend this book to younger readers. However, I highly recommend it if you love suspense, mysteries, thrillers or horror. - Lynn Worton
I would highly recommend Venetia to anyone who is interested in the paranormal/supernatural genre.
I would try another book by this author - not classic literature by any means but a good holiday read.
It's a book that will appeal to a wide range of readers, not just fans of the supernatural, because it tells the ancient story of the struggle between good and evil.
I highly recommend it.
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.
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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