“My name is Julia Ansdell. I am 33 years old and married to Robert Ansdell. We live at 4122 Heath Road in Brookline, Massachusetts. On June twenty-first, I visited the antique shop of a Mr Padrone in Rome, where I purchased a handwritten composition called Incendio, by a composer named L. Todesco…”
As a professional musician Julia plays second violin in a string quartet and when she indulges in her hobby to buy unknown music she brings back something malevolent from the past. Convinced the music has somehow changed her daughter Julia goes on a quest to find out about the composer and where Incendio came from.
I was riveted by this stand alone mystery/suspense/historical thriller from Tess Gerritsen, hooked by the time I got to the end of the first chapter I stayed up to unravel Julia’s story and Lorenzo’s past, which is told from alternating points of view of Julia in the present day and Lorenzo in pre-war Venice. As she has done before Gerritsen hints at something paranormal n this thriller, which I admit gave me goosebumps, even though I am not someone who read paranormal comfortably as a genre.
The pre-war story of the Todesco family was intriguing and very powerful. I had to take a break to reflect on the realistic scenes Gerritsen put in my mind. The anguish, despair and fear were palpable, as were the frustrations Julia faced in the present day. The story did surprise me and I was sorry to reach the end of this one. A highly recommended and truly hypnotic read.
Playing with Fire will be released on 5th November 2015 but is available for pre-order.
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