It feels like a fairy tale when Alberta”Bert” Monte receives a letter addressed to “Countess Alberta ...more
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The Ancestor is creepy and atmospheric, a ...more
At the beginning, the book feels like it's in a rush to get to the good parts, which leaves you somewhat baffled by the time we get to our primary setting of a Norther Italian castle cut off almost entirely from the outside world. It's not quite clear how our protagonist, ...more
I love the narrative tone of the book, Alberta is a wonderful character to follow throughout the events she shares with the reader. The writing is excellent, with great style and vocabulary.
Thank you, Ms. Trussoni. I will write a more detailed review when the book is published in April, and definitely recommend it to patrons and friends.
From the first chapter to the final sentence, Trussoni cleverly and continually redirects your ...more
I could not put down Danielle Trussoni’s The Ancestor. I was fortunate to receive an advanced copy from the author. I didn’t know much about the book beyond the fact it dealt with genealogy. I heard it described as a horror novel and wondered why. Ohmygawd, my dreams were so messed up while reading this book, and I kept checking dark corners for icy blue eyes! My kudos to Danielle and her writing which left constant hooks that made me read “one more chapter” well ...more
We've all done it, I know I have. Sitting at your kitchen table wishing you were a titled person,living in a castle with servants and jewels. Well, Bert Monte, average American citizen got just that! When a ...more
The Ancestor is an often strange mixture of the trappings of Gothic fiction (branching family trees, an old creaky castle, and mysterious figures locked in castle towers) and science ...more
This was quite a novel to jumpstart 2020 with, although I’m on the fence of whether I thoroughly enjoyed it or not. From the get-go, it was a little absurd that Alberta, a seemingly normal and level-headed human being, would fly to some tiny Italian alpine village without knowing any real details about the inheritance or ordeal she was getting herself into. However, this is a work ...more
Ms. Trussoni's descriptions are some of the best I've read, especially when our main character, Alberta, arrives at a very hard to reach -- and even harder to leave (or escape; you decide) -- inheritance, hidden away in the mountains of Turin. There's such unique insight and creativity in Alberta's discovery of just what she comes from and why those unusual feet of hers have always made her self-conscious.
This is a read to just jump into and let ice you all over. You ...more
I thought I would like this book based on the description, but it turned out to be very different from what I expected. It sounded like a gothic thriller complete with a creepy castle and an isolated landscape. I was not prepared for, nor did I enjoy, the science fiction aspect to the story. In addition, the plot was filled with more holes than a a slice of Swiss cheese, and character development of the ...more
Bert receives a letter that she has inherited a castle and the title of Countess in Italy. Bert is apprehensive but excited about her inheritance. Bert was unaware that she had family in Italy. Bert travels to Italy to claim her inheritance but does not find what she expected or could even dream of. In Italy she finds her great grandmother ...more
Overall, it was engaging and the mystery of what was going on kept me reading. I did not expect what was revealed and was surprised by the resolution. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who liked The Last Neanderthal.
The overall story was interesting and so much more could have been done to make this compelling and epic.
Trussoni wrote the supernatural adventure novels ANGELOLOGY (2010) and ANGELOPOLIS (2013), which have been described as "Breathtakingly Imaginative" by People Magazine and a "stellar...thrill ride" by
Her forthcoming novel, THE ANCESTOR explores the legacy of ...more