So begins Kate Mosse’s (the writer, not the model) vast, literary, time-slip mystery about two women, one ancient house, and one tarot deck that links the past to the present.
In 1891, Leonie Vernier and her brother, Anatole, are invited to stay with their strange, young, widowed aunt at the Domaine de la Cade. What Leonie thinks will be a restful holiday in the countryside outside of Paris, becomes a frightening adventure that threatens all that she holds dear.
In the present day, graduate student, Meredith Martin, finds herself involved in strange occurrences and local scandal while researching Claude Debussy’s life in France. Disturbing visions and dreams lead her to a tarot deck that links her present with a tragedy from the past.
I picked up this novel, because I enjoyed Kate Mosse’s previous novel, Labyrinth. I also like to read novels that take place in multiple time periods to compare to my own.
Overall, I enjoyed Sepulchre. It’s a great read for a cold, cloudy, Autumn day. The historical settings are richly drawn, the novel is full of conflict, and the supernatural elements were handled well. Scenes involving ghosts, demons, and a particularly frightening antagonist were chilling. In spite of it being somewhat predictable, the novel kept my interest. Once I reached the climax, I couldn’t put it down.
Kate Mosse is a very “writer-friendly” writer. Her websites and blog reveal much about the writing and publishing process, and she responds to questions promptly. Here is a link to her Sepulchre website: http://www.katemosse.com/content/index.asp. Writers should also check out her Labyrinth website at http://www.mosselabyrinth.co.uk/. It has some real gems about the novel writing process.
And since it is November, why not check out www.nanowrimo.org. It’s national novel writing month, and authors are encouraged to hammer out a 50,000 word manuscript by the end of the month. Are you up for the challenge?