Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Seduction by M.J. Rose

Author: M. J. Rose
Publisher: Atria Books
Date of publication: May 2013

 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 the Sepulcher.

Seduction takes place a few weeks after the events of The Book of Lost Fragrances.  There are a few mentions about the happenings of that book, but I think most people could get away with not reading it before this one.  I definitely liked this book a lot better than Lost Fragrances (my review).  It was more focused and moved along at a faster pace. 

Jac L'Etoile has traveled to Jersey to help an old friend.  As she uncovers the truth of the past, she continues to have visions about possible past lives. I liked how it all tied together with Theo and his brother. As more and more visions come to her, she realizes that they hold the key to things in the present.  I felt like I got to know more about Jac in this one.  I really liked the realization that she has about herself and her abilities in the end.  I thought it made a lot of sense. 

I definitely recommend this one.  I hope that Jac shows up again in the next book!

About the author:

M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on
marketing. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and
NPR radio.  Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the '80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors -  The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose's novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the
founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype.  She is also the co-founder of and

Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.

For more information on M.J. Rose and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE. You ca
n also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

1 comment:

Carole said...

Kari, sounds like a goodie. Are you going to link it in to Books You Loved? Cheers