From the author of The Book of Lost Fragrances comes a haunting novel about a grieving woman who discovers the lost journal of novelist Victor Hugo, awakening a mystery that spans centuries
In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with the likes of Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus — and even the Devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published. Or so it was believed.
Recovering from her own losses, mythologist Jac L’Etoile arrives on the Isle of Jersey — where Hugo conducted the séances — hoping to uncover a secret about the island’s Celtic roots. But the man who’s invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, has hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different — Hugo’s lost conversations with someone called the Shadow of the Sepulcher.
What follows is an intricately plotted and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart, by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists.
The Book Beginning is:
Every story begins with a tremble of anticipation. At the starting point we may have an idea of our point of arrival, but what lies before us and makes us shudder is the journey, for that is all discovery. This strange and curious story begins for me at the sea. Its sounds and scent are my punctuation. Its movements are my verbs.
Seduction actually starts with a letter written by Victor Hugo to a character named Fantine.
Isn’t this beginning beautiful… What better way to start a novel steeped in mystery.
I adored the previous novel from M J Rose, The Book of Lost Fragrances, and this novel follows on from where that left off. But if you don’t have time to go back and read that book, that is okay too because M J Rose gives her audience the relevant back story in the opening chapters of this novel.
Your chance to win (if you live in the US):
I will be posting my review of this novel on 10th April as part of the Seduction Historical Fiction Book Tour.
To further promote the release of Seduction, US readers of Booklover Book Reviews will be eligible to enter for a chance to win a Victorian Choker (as pictured).
You will be eligible to enter the Victoria Choker giveaway if by 6th May you:
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