A gripping tale of mystery and adventure from the bestselling author of THE TAXIDERMIST'S DAUGHTER and LABYRINTH.
1891. Seventeen-year-old Léonie Vernier and her brother abandon Paris for the sanctuary of their aunt's isolated country house near Carcassonne, the Domaine de la Cade. But Léonie stumbles across a ruined sepulchre - and a timeless mystery whose traces are written in blood.
2007. Meredith Martin arrives at the Domaine de la Cade to research a biography. But Meredith is also seeking the key to her own complex legacy and becomes immersed in the story of a tragic love, a missing girl, a unique deck of tarot cards and the strange events of one cataclysmic night a century ago...
Contrivance, clich 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 L onie 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, L onie 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.
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Fascinating ghost story with interesting characters only down fall- took to long to get into the story.
Dull, dull, dull. So dull I sided with the anti heroes.
Having first read Labyrinth four years ago, I was really looking forward to reading Sepulchre. I'm pleased to say it didn't disappoint. Kate Mosse is an excellent story-teller who had me hooked from the first page - I particularly loved the introduction of Audric (from Labyrinth) and the part he played in Leonie's story. I could barely put my iPad down! Can't wait for Ms Mosse's next offering.