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Thief of Souls

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  233 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
With her acclaimed novels The Plague Tales and The Burning Road, Ann Benson has carved out a unique place on the literary landscape with her fascinating alchemy of mystery, history, and psychological terror. Now this gifted storyteller returns with an astounding tale of two crime waves separated by nearly 600 years. In each, the victims are children. In each, the perpetrat ...more
Paperback, 640 pages
Published December 2nd 2003 by Dell (first published 2002)
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Jun 16, 2011 Valerie rated it it was amazing
It has taken me a day to process this book. Devastating is the best word I can come up with. Historical fiction based on horrifying events of the 1400's that correlate to today. The author is very good at telling two stories and keeping you on the edge of your seat. I enjoyed the characters and the stories, but be forwarned it is a very heart-wrenching one. There are detailed descriptions of some of the depravity of Bluebeard of old and the modern equivalent. As the detectives had to ask over an ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Sylvie rated it really liked it
This was a great mystery & historical novel all rolled into one. The parallels between Gilles de Rais and the child killer in modern day LA were chilling. For those unfamiliar with Gilles de Rais, he was a brother in arms to Joan of Arc, but he had a deep dark secret in that he was one of the fiercest child killers in history. He was appropriately punished for his crimes, but not all the children that he murdered were recovered as most of them were burned by his accomplices.

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Nov 15, 2015 Tobias rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Frankreich des 15. Jahrhunderts verschwinden mehrere männliche Jugendliche. Zunächst beachtet keiner die Vermisstenmeldungen, da die Kinder hauptsächlich aus der ärmeren Bevölkerungsschicht kommen. Erst als sich die Äbtissin Guillemette Nachforschungen anstellt tut sich das Ausmaß der verschwundenen Jungen dar. Und bald gibt es auch einen Verdächtigen: Alle Spuren zu ihren Ziehsohn Gilles de Rais.
Los Angeles, Gegenwart. Detective Lany Durban untersucht das Verschwinden eines männlichen Jugend
Jul 19, 2015 Nury rated it liked it
No me suelen gustar los thrillers por alguna razón. No voy a mentir y decir que soy el cuchillo más afilado del cajón y, la mayor parte del tiempo, los misterios no son mi fuerte. Lo policiaco, menos. Entonces, ¿qué cojones hago leyendo este thriller-policiaco-historico? Pues, básicamente, me interesó la parte histórica. Había escuchado hablar de Grilles de Rais, pero nunca había leído de él. Así que empecé el libro bajo un montón de ecs, venga, tú puedes porque había leido unas críticas que acu ...more
Jan 22, 2016 Jaylynny rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, reread
Well written mystery with a deeply disturbing subject matter that is not often written about. It haunted me after I read it long ago and for some reason I did a reread. Fascinating true history.
Aug 21, 2013 R rated it it was ok
I was a little disappointed in this book compared to her other trilogy. In the Plague tales trilogy there was s solid connection between past and present, and in this one it was really just two stories that had parallel similarities to them. There was no other deeper connection other than that the women were involved in a child abductor's capture and trial. In fact the historical side had less for the character to do than the present day one. I wouldn't revisit this one again. Shame because I th ...more
Jul 17, 2008 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: hist-fic
The plot shifts rapidly between two parallel stories, each of which traverses rocky ethical, legal, and moral terrain. The heroines are two intensely humanistic women whose lives vary greatly, but who share the characteristic of willingness to sacrifice self-interest for the greater good of the communities in which they work and live.
Jun 21, 2010 Resarae rated it liked it
This was an interesting mix of fiction and historical fiction - really two stories in one! The historical fiction story is an account of the person who ispired the tale of Bluebeard. I was not familiar with this character so it was compelling. A fast-moving, at times gruesome,read!!
Dec 14, 2010 Louise rated it really liked it
A little bit long winded. Would've made 2 very good books tho. Found myself wanting to skip chapters so I could read the whole medieval story, and then go back and read the modern one - but restrained myself. Enjoyed it nonetheless.
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Feb 19, 2008 Carolyn Magura rated it it was amazing
I have thoroughly enjoyed all of Ms. Benson's books greatly!! I highly recommend them to anyone who loves a thought-provoking, semi-spiritual or "character-building" book balanced with intrigue!! Great reads all!!
Sep 03, 2016 Stacey rated it liked it
The book was good in the end, but overall too long and lost my interest the latest 100+ pages.
Sep 03, 2011 Maureen rated it liked it
Really liked this book. My favorite of this author is the Plague Tale Series. Excellent reading.
Feb 09, 2013 Julia rated it it was ok
Not sure how this plot could end up as kind of a boring book.
3.5 stars

Not for the faint-hearted...
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Jun 23, 2008 Patrice rated it liked it
a little slow, but still interesting
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