you believe in reincarnation? What would you think if you started
having vivid images of yourself in other places, other bodies, other
times? For mythologist Jac L'Etoile, it comes down to believing in past
lives or accepting that she may have deep psychological problems. Will a
trip to the island of Jersey and the discovery of a lost journal of
Victor Hugo help her find peace?
Every story begins with a tremble of anticipation. At the start 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 sound and scent are my punctuation. Its movements are my verbs. As I write this, angry waves break upon the rocks, and when the water recedes, the rocks seem to be weeping.—Seduction by M. J. Rose (Simon & Schuster / Atria Books, 2013, p. 1)
- Setting: Jersey, Channel Islands: 1850s and today
- Circumstances: in the past: Victor Hugo, mourning the loss of his daughter, turns to the occult for answers; in the present: Jac, mourning the end of a relationship, seeks relief in a new project
- Characters: Jac, a mythologist whose family owns a famous French perfumery; Hugo, in exile from France, & his family and friends; Theo Gaspard, Jac's friend from Jersey, & his family
- Genre: thriller with Gothic, mystery, paranormal, and historical fiction elements
- Themes: unresolved issues, jealousy, free will, good versus evil, reincarnation, trust, loyalty, friendship, mourning
- Audiobook: wonderfully read by Phil Gigante, who is brilliant with the necessary accents, languages, & characterizations; his narration ups the tension and drama, drawing the listener in
- Miscellaneous: the fifth novel in Rose's Reincarnationist series, but works well as a stand-alone; this don't-miss novel was an Indie Next pick for May 2013; I was fortunate enough to have met the author in New York this summer
- Little-known fact: In the mid-1980s I visited Jersey and lived in Guernsey when conducting my doctoral research
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