Thursday, May 9, 2013

Book Review: Seduction

Author: M. J. Rose

Format: ARC
Published: Atria Books; May 2013
Pages: 384
Genre: Historical fiction
Grade: F or DNF
Source: HF Virtual Book Tours

Synopsis: 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 . . .

Recovering from a great loss, mythologist Jac L’Etoile thinks that throwing herself into work will distract her from her grief. In the hopes of uncovering a secret about the island’s mysterious Celtic roots, she arrives on Jersey and is greeted by ghostly Neolithic monuments, medieval castles and hidden caves. But the man who has invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different— transcripts of Hugo’s lost conversations with someone he called the Shadow of the Sepulcher. Central to his heritage, these are the papers his grandfather died trying to find. Neither Jac nor Theo anticipate that the mystery surrounding Victor Hugo will threaten their sanity and put their very lives at stake.

Seduction is a historically evocative and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart, written by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists. Awakening a mystery that spans centuries, this multilayered gothic tale brings a time, a place and a cast of desperate characters brilliantly to life.

My Take: I am going to keep this one short and to the point. It just didn't work for me. Seduction by M.J. Rose had elements of a book I would like. It is historical fiction (my favorite genre) with an element of suspense (I am trying to expand my wings with more mysteries), and the writing was lyrical. Yet, the book and I did not jive. I realize that all over the synopsis they talk about mysticism and reincarnation, and perhaps it was my mood, but I just found myself rolling my eyes the whole time. 

If you love mysticism, reincarnation, seances, etc, then you will be all over this book! However, if like me, you are not sure where you sit on the belief spectrum, this book may not work for you. 

Now we all know that everyone has a different opinion, so I encourage you to check out the full Historical Fiction Virtual Tour for Seduction!

Cover Lust: I want that necklace! This cover is perfect for this novel.


  1. Sorry this didn't work for you. I have a feeling my mom might like it - reincarnation fascinates her.

  2. I'm sorry you were disappointed by this book. I've enjoyed the whole series, even though I don't believe in reincarnation. I admit there were parts of this one that were a bit obvious and had me rolling my eyes, overall, I just couldn't put the book down.


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