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It's uncanny how a combination of paper and ink can cast a spell on the reader...around the physical presence of a well-crafted book, we can create a visual story made of long lost memories and family heirlooms.
And so the ritual begins: The writer conjures into existence people and places, ghosts and shadows that haunt the meanders of her imagination, and readers find in fiction a safe place to rehash complicated feelings and what-ifs.
The Ancestor is a “dreamlike...suspenseful...modern gothic thriller” from the New York Times best selling author of Angelology, Danielle Trussoni. Her writing is always stylish and erudite ...it is such a joy to re-discover this novelist. The book, published by William Morrow on April 7, 2020, is marketed as "a bewitching gothic novel of suspense that plunges readers into a world of dark family secrets, the mysteries of human genetics, and the burden of family inheritance." I found these premises to be too alluring to pass up, not to mention my familiarity with the setting of the story: the protagonist, Alberta, a Hudson Valley resident at a crossroad in her life, finds herself to be the unexpected heiress of a large fortune and a castle in Italy, of all places. With the family estate and aristocratic title comes along a legacy of dark secrets and complicated repercussions...beyond her wildest dreams, or better yet, her wildest nightmares. For these intriguing reasons, The Ancestor is this month’s book recommendation. A review copy was graciously provided by the Publicist in return of an unbiased opinion. Review soon to come here, on Mina's Bookshelf.