From Publishers Weekly
Contrivance, cliché and expository overkill overwhelm bestseller Mosse's tale concerning a rare tarot deck that helps link the lives of two women living eras apart. In 1891, Parisian teenager Léonie Vernier and her brother visit their young aunt at an estate in southern France. After finding a startling account of her late uncle's pursuit of the occult, Léonie scours the property for the tarot cards and Visigoth tomb he describes, unaware that more tangible peril in the form of a murderous stalker is seeking to destroy her loved ones. Present-day biographer Meredith Martin is in France finishing a book and tracing her ancestry when she sees a reproduction of the same tarot, which bears her likeness. She investigates the connection when she, too, arrives at the estate, now a hotel in which a new battle between good and evil rages. Mosse (Labyrinth
) conveys so much unnecessary information through so many static scenes of talk, reading and interior monologue that the book's momentum stalls for good soon after its striking opening. Mosse's fans will hope for a return to form next time. (Apr.)
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-The London Paper
"History and mystery are engagingly blended."
"Ghosts, duels, murders, ill-fated love and conspiracy...addictively readable."
"This adventure will keep you engrossed."
-Eve Magazine (Britain)
"A sure, deft momentum...the secrets begin to slip out thick and fast."
"Try this if you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code but fancy something a bit more meaty."
-News of the World
"A page-turning saga of fin-de-siFcle spiritualism and Visigothic treasure."
-Art & Book Review
"Mosse does what good popular historical novelists do best-make the past enticingly otherworldly, while also claiming it as our own."