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The Portrait of Alatiel Salazar a Gothic Horror Novella by Steven Katriel
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Jun 25, 2012

it was amazing

** spoiler alert ** Warning: Spoilers!

This novella is a Gothic Horror set in the late 1800's England. Following a few diary entries belonging to his beloved Helena, Gabrielle sets out to find her. Disturbed by the words she wrote, he follows the clues that point to the Salazars. Believing her to be there, he confronts the great and terrible artist and his cousin after not seeing them two years. It is there he learns that his love has been taken from him and all in exchange for the murder of Christian Salazar's wife. A murder both Alatiel and Christian believed to be Gabriele's fault. That is until Gabriele tells Christian that it wasn't he that took his wife, but Christian's cousin.

The story is told at first through the eyes of Helena and what she's written in the pages of her diary, then changes to Alatiel's point of view after she took over Helena's body. The story was relatively easy to follow until this point where it goes back two years when Gabriele originally met the Salazar's seeking tuition/training. Then jumps back to the present in the book. When it shifts perspective, it jumps back a little. The wording is very British (as the writer is British) and may be hard to follow if unaware with the wordings and spellings that are different from American English. Of course, it is relative to time period as well, taking place in the late 19th century England.

The story itself was captivating and dark. Gripping and page turning. Suspenseful and delightful . It kept me guessing until the very end and when that happened I wondered if there was another chapter full of something dark and sinister waiting in the shadows to jump out at me when I least expected it. This is what good story telling is all about!

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