eARC Review: Seduction by M.J. Rose

Seduction (The Reincarnationist #5) by M.J. Rose
In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, Hugo began participating in hundreds of séances to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with the likes of Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the Devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published. Or so it was believed.

Recovering from her own losses, mythologist Jac L’Etoile arrives on the Isle of Jersey—where Hugo conducted the séances—hoping to uncover a secret about the island’s Celtic roots. But the man who’s invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, has hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different—Hugo’s lost conversations with someone called the Shadow of the Sepulcher.

What follows is an intricately plotted and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart, by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists.

After reading and loving The Book of Lost Fragrances, I was excited to read another book from this series with Jac L’Etoile as the main character. And I wasn't disappointed.

It's set on Jersey Island and besides Jac's there are two other storylines. One follows a family in ancient Celtic times, and the second shows the time Victor Hugo spent in Jersey while in exile. All the storylines fit together at the end the same way as in the previous book.
Jac is an interesting character, even though her stuborness and unwillingness to admit that the things happening to and around her might mean something more is sometimes frustrating. But I love to read about her, to learn more about her family and other important people in her life. She's got a hauting past, and so she built high walls around herself. And yet, all those adventures during her research (she's a mythologist) slowly make her open up a little bit. It's great to see her character develop and change, as she (sometimes still unwillingly) accepts things she didn't before.

All the other characters were quite complex as well, some of them quite quirky. I enjoyed reading about them all, though I missed Robbie and Griffin a lot!

In a review I read the reader mentions how they didn't like Hugo communicating with the Devil during his seances, which I actually liked. The Shadow of the Sepulcher (Devil) is very often called just the Shadow. It's not literally the Devil, but the Shadow in Jungian terms, and I like Jung.
"What if God was not a heavenly being but only a choice between dark and light, good and evil? What if there was a power but it was man's own power to choose?"

This was a really great suspense novel! I already have the next book! :)



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