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- Print Length: 356 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: August 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KKWL29A
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,059,875 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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She keeps making really bratty, really bad decisions. She’s a prima ballerina who got into the sack with her lead, he then moved on to others. She’s not eating, she’s severely depressed, and yet two people are looking out for her. Once in the cottage her psychiatrist brother tries to help her, but she shuts him out, over and over, while seeing visions, living in the past, coming to understand who she is, what happened in her family, and why there has always been curse following her life.
This is so very real, the throwbacks put you firmly in the past and are so depressing that it was almost oppressive. Jenna has a severe case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder, that means despite CRAVING love, needing it like other people need air, she pushes the people who love her away by being cruel and nasty. She’s cutting and horrid and I could never feel sorry for her because everything she suffers emotionally she invited into her life. This book would make an incredible work book for therapists studying for their Phd, because it really does nail how narcissists sabotage their health, their relationships, and their own happiness. They want to be loved warts and all but do nothing whatsoever to earn this gift. Love is a gift, often given via family because you’re raised to love your family, but eventually if your family do nothing but hurt you, what do you do? This chick needs the mental hospital she went to, she needs the monitoring, she’s a danger to herself and others, and I thought Vincent was crazy to put up with her nonsense. She is so selfish and self absorbed that I wanted to thump her, repeatedly and often. She is not a nice character, at all, so if you were hoping to bond with her, good luck. But that’s emotive writing, if you love or hate a character the author has succeeded in moving you, so again this book gets top stars for being REAL.
Yet the actual story of the past, the mystery unveiling, it kept me riveted, I kept reading because it goes from awful to horrendous, the secrets in this family are so many shades of black that there is no light. This is a very dark book despite the welcoming cover. Once you enter this downward spiral you won’t be coming back up until the end. Don’t read it if you’re going through a depression. But if you love dark books full of intrigue, this one is for you. This is drama, it’s broken and shattered and fractured and mean, and so very well written that I’m amazed that English isn’t the author’s first language. Well done indeed!
The book starts with Jenna’s story: a talented ballerina, star of the company, haunted by her personal ghosts and struggling through an eating disorder that threatens to put an end to her career. Soon, the pressure becomes too much and she finds herself reaching out to her adoptive brother, who she hasn’t contacted in a long time. He is more than willing to help his sister and it results in Jenna moving to a desolated cottage, far from the big city, in a desperate attempt to recover.
This is where the plot takes an interesting turn, and it develops into a murder/mystery historical fiction story-line, with notes of paranormal. I’m not a fan of paranormal, but this was the perfect degree, just enough to introduce the historical aspect, which I enjoy so much more.
We start to go back and forth in time, as Jenna slowly finds out that she is more related to this strange cabin than she thought. And the plot thickens: nazis, post-war scenarios, spiritual travels, attempts to take over the world…all coming back to one common element: Jenna.
The writing was unexpectedly good, poetic even. The steady pace kept me hooked at all times; and even though some chapters felt a bit long, so many things happen that there are no wasted lines.
The main characters were deep, enthralling, and with fascinating arcs throughout the story. The author does a great job giving motive to all their actions, thoughts and reactions. Nothing here is left to chance. On the other hand, I did not care at all about Jenna’s brother’s character and it felt flat, adding very little to the story; I disliked him strongly and considered him a secondary participant. I could have lived without the details of his romantic life.
After such a well-developed narrative, the ending seemed slightly rushed, as if it were almost too quick, considering the length of the whole story. However, this is the first installment of a trilogy, so it could easily make sense from that perspective.
If I had to point out one significant aspect, it would be that it incorporates so many big topics: eating disorders, abuse, megalomania, Nazism, suicide…all carefully addressed and delicately intertwined. I would definitely continue with this trilogy. I'd recommend it to lovers of mystery who enjoy historical fiction, and to anyone looking for an intricate family story.
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