I have mixed feelings about "Venetian Mask." The beginning of the book started out strong and I was eagerly waiting to see what happened to the friends while they were in Venice. I can't say that I ever liked any of the characters. They were flat and none of their emotions came through. We were told how they felt instead of the characters showing the reader what they were feeling. The story was a bit of a train wreck for me, however, I did plod through to the end. Although, there was a nice twist there, sadly, it was not enough to rescue the book in my opinion.
I really didn't like this book,but kept reading because of its interesting composition and clever vocabulary usage. Ms. Thompson is an accomplished author and brilliantly connects the story line that makes it easy to keep track of the action and characters. Character development is superb from psychological and even psychiatric standpoint for this motley crew of misfits. I've been to Venice and that helped a little,but I wish she could have chosen a different location; maybe New Orleans. The rain and high tide added to the dreariness of the story like many rooms in a dark dungeon, but was too depressing for me. I didn't like the overall subject theme or any of the characters,but I guess that bit of repulsion was calculated. A good read because of her composition. I was glad when it was over. Time for a drink.
I have read Ms. Thompson's Florida based books and really enjoyed them. This is the first book of hers that is set in Europe. The writing style if very different and there are several points of view. Who dunnit was not easy for me to figure out. There are many twists and turns and perhaps more than a few red herrings. I do recommend this book and author.
A tale of a group of people who don't really like each other take a trip to Venice during carnival. One is murdered during the first day and everyone else tries to determine the killer. The reader knows (or does he) who committed the crime, but the actors in the cast blame everyone. Are they right or is their own biases clouding their view? The ending and prologue fell a little short. More detail at the end would have been appreciated.