Author: M. J. Rose
Publisher: Atria Book
Publication Date: 7 May 2013
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Literary / Historical
Source: ARC via NetGalley
In 1843, novelist
Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years
later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish
contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with the
likes of Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the Devil
himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been
published. Or so it was believed.
Recovering from her own losses,
mythologist Jac L’Etoile arrives on the Isle of Jersey—where Hugo
conducted the séances—hoping to uncover a secret about the island’s
Celtic roots. But the man who’s invited her there, a troubled soul named
Theo Gaspard, has hopes she’ll help him discover something quite
different—Hugo’s lost conversations with someone called the Shadow of
What follows is an intricately plotted and
atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its
heart, by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists. (Goodreads Synopsis)
I came away from Seduction with mixed feelings. The first half of the book was beautifully written - suspenseful and intriguing - with strong characterisation. The pacing was a little slow at times, but mostly fine and I liked the way the storyline wove between Jac and Victor.
However, once the reincarnation element of the story came more to the fore, the story lost its way a bit and became somewhat clichéd and clunky. I didn't find that part of the story at all believable and began to disengage from Jac, too.
Overall and interesting read, particularly for Hugo fans, but for me it just fell a little short of the mark towards the end. If you are new to Rose's writing, I would recommend The Book of Lost Fragrances before this one.