Quite some time ago now, I read Seduction: A Novel of Suspense by M.J. Rose A copy of this book was made available to me by the publisher at no charge to me through my partnership with the now defunct Red Letter Reads. The opinions are my own.
A gothic tale about Victor Hugo’s long-buried secrets and the power of a love that never dies . . . In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, still grieving, Hugo initiated hundreds of séances from his home on the Isle of Jersey in order to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published.
Or so it has been believed . . .(continued)
Truth be told, I was a little nervous about this book at first. It seemed long, it had spirituality, history, and fantasy – three genres I’m not necessarily a fan of reading, and it took a little bit to get into Hugo’s journal passages. It ended up being a good thing I was on vacation when I read it though, because I stayed up late several nights in a row reading this book.
While I felt the stories wove together in a beautiful way, there were pieces of the book that were jammed into the overall picture. It could be more my lack of knowledge regarding certain historical eras than the writing itself, but some of the connections could have been further explored and explained for the historical non-buffs in the crowd. I enjoyed this book enough to download another by M.J. Rose, look forward to reading more and have already told some friends they should read it.
Is this something you’d like to read?