Despite being interested early on, I found I was not able to finish this. I wasn't interested enough on how Vix became involved with Bruce or how CaitDespite being interested early on, I found I was not able to finish this. I wasn't interested enough on how Vix became involved with Bruce or how Caitlyn managed to "steal" him......more
I appreciated the frankness of the novel. At times I was lost, not knowing whether the protagonist was remembering, dreaming or actually relaying currI appreciated the frankness of the novel. At times I was lost, not knowing whether the protagonist was remembering, dreaming or actually relaying current information - but it all gelled as I got toward the end and understood. Some books use that method poorly and don't keep my interest, but this one did and I was glad I read through to the end....more
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. First of all I am a great fan of horror and this is really a horror book, no argument there. *spoilers* I eI enjoyed this book from beginning to end. First of all I am a great fan of horror and this is really a horror book, no argument there. *spoilers* I especially enjoyed some of the themes implicitly presented by the author: A) we create our own horror and B) when we understand something, it is no longer frightening.
I found the explanation of Florence's experience with the character of Daniel Belasco fascinating when compared to her relationship with her lost brother, David. The ghost was able to manipulate her and took advantage of her because she hadn't completely dealt with her brother's death. She began to understand this before she died as the character Fischer notes. There really IS a ghost in the house, it's not just her projections, but the ghost shapes his behavior to what will affect her most profoundly.
I appreciated the ending most of all, and although some have described it as unfulfilling, I disagree. The character of Fischer is struggling throughout the story to find his role. He is afraid to open up, to make himself vulnerable to the ghost but this serves him well in the end because he survives long enough to utilize Florence's knowledge. After he understands who the ghost is and what motivates it, he is able to destroy it. Emeric Belasco's tremendous ego was the monster. I enjoyed the contrast of Fischer's humility - he stays grounded by realizing that his role in destroying Emeric's ghost was just that - a role in a larger play. Lionel & Edith Barrett and Florence Tanner all had indispensable contributions to the end result. If there is a moral to the book, I would say it is that we are stronger together and that pride is our enemy. Maybe that's pushing it, I dunno :) but I liked the book anyway.
Definitely read it, unless of course you have unresolved issues you wish to keep repressed and don't want to deal with their manifestations in your nightmares. :) :)
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was suspenseful and very descriptive. I loved the time they spent in Romania and Bulgaria and the backgrounI thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was suspenseful and very descriptive. I loved the time they spent in Romania and Bulgaria and the background information that the author so beautifully added to the story. I cannot wait to visit either place some day. At some points the book was predictable and at others it seemed overdone and unnecessarily dramatic. My husband did not like it at all for that reason. Additionally I had another friend who read it who felt that Ms. Kostova took too many liberties with established vampire lore. I would read it again though, and thought it was the perfect combination of history and imagination and creepiness!...more