From the author of the New York Times– bestselling novel Labyrinth comes another haunting tale of secrets, murder, and the occult set in both nineteenth-century and twenty-first-century France.
I n 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother Anatole arrive in the beautiful town of Rennes-les-Bains, in southwest France. They’ve come at the invitation of their widowed aunt, whose mountain estate, Domain de la Cade, is famous in the region. But it soon becomes clear that their aunt Isolde—and the Domain—are not what Léonie had imagined. The villagers claim that Isolde’s late husband died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre high on the mountainside. A book from the Domain’s cavernous library describes the strange tarot pack that mysteriously disappeared following the uncle’s death. But while Léonie delves deeper into the ancient mysteries of the Domain, a different evil stalks her family—one which may explain why Léonie and Anatole were invited to the sinister Domain in the first place.
More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in France to study the life of Claude Debussy, the nineteenth century French composer. In Rennesles- Bains, Meredith checks into a grand old hotel—the Domain de la Cade. Something about the hotel feels eerily familiar, and strange dreams and visions begin to haunt Meredith’s waking hours. A chance encounter leads her to a pack of tarot cards painted by Léonie Vernier, which may hold the key to this twenty-first century American’s fate . . . just as they did to the fate of Léonie Vernier more than a century earlier.
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Kate Mosse is the cofounder and honorary director of the prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction. A fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she is also a highly regarded television and radio host.From AudioFile:
Both parts of this story take place in France, so there's quite a lot of French spoken, and it's a pleasure to hear the always delightful Donada Peters's pitch-perfect handling of this beautiful language. It's easy to see why Peters is an audio listener's favorite for her unfailing ability to deliver fully realized characters. In October of 1891, Anatole Vernier and his family attract the wrath of one truly evil, syphilis-riddled psychopath. Witnessing the devastation he causes, sister Leonie is forced to consider turning to the supernatural for help. In 2007, Meredith Martin, an American researching Debussy, stumbles upon Leonie's story through a pack of tarot cards painted by Leonie herself. D.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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