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Sepulchre by Kate Mosse

Sepulchre (original 2007; edition 2008)

by Kate Mosse

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The stories of two women separated by more than a century are brought together by a series of visions that are related to the tarot and a small church, known as a Sepulchre in the grounds of the Domaine de la Cade.
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Sepulchre by Kate Mosse (2007)

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Another book that had been languishing on my shelves for years, this one turned out to be a proper page-turner. Léonie I liked as a protagonist from the start and Meredith eventually grew on me too. I don't really know anything about tarot, so visualising the cards was quite tricky, even if I liked how the cards and imagery were used in the book. ( )
  mari_reads | May 22, 2019 |
A historical paranormal thriller with romantic undertones is probably the best way to describe this novel. It’s expertly told in past and present-day sections that interlink and progress steadily side by side. As Meredith Martin investigates her ancestral past the story of Leonie comes to light with threats both old and new, and sometimes unexpected. There’s not much to critique here — the wonderfully plotted book has enough suspense to hold the reader’s interest. The only possible negative and it’s not really a negative at all is that the paranormal influence is subtle at times, maybe too subtle for some who may be more interested in the supernatural aspects of the tale. The conclusion wasn’t as riveting as it may have been owing to that but it all rounds off satisfactorily where many books fail. This may interest those who like classical ghost stories, or historical thrillers, or even historical romances, although it’s not romantic fiction. ( )
1 vote SharonMariaBidwell | Jan 14, 2019 |
Another supernatural/conspiracy thriller in the "DaVinci Code" vein, except this one revolves around....tarot cards? Ho hum. That's not nearly as intriguing a premise as the "DaVinci Code". Still, it was an enjoyable read and although it's 500 pages, it went quickly. ( )
  bookhookgeek | Sep 7, 2018 |
I n 1891, young Léonie Vernier and her brother Anatole arrive in the beautiful town of Rennes-les-Bains, in southwest France. They've come at the invitation of their widowed aunt, whose mountain estate, Domain de la Cade, is famous in the region. But it soon becomes clear that their aunt Isolde-and the Domain-are not what Léonie had imagined. The villagers claim that Isolde's late husband died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre high on the mountainside. A book from the Domain's cavernous library describes the strange tarot pack that mysteriously disappeared following the uncle's death. But while Léonie delves deeper into the ancient mysteries of the Domain, a different evil stalks her family-one which may explain why Léonie and Anatole were invited to the sinister Domain in the first place.

More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in France to study the life of Claude Debussy, the nineteenth century French composer. In Rennesles- Bains, Meredith checks into a grand old hotel-the Domain de la Cade. Something about the hotel feels eerily familiar, and strange dreams and visions begin to haunt Meredith's waking hours. A chance encounter leads her to a pack of tarot cards painted by Léonie Vernier, which may hold the key to this twenty-first century American's fate . . . just as they did to the fate of Léonie Vernier more than a century earlier.
In essence, this is a ghost story, with all the customary shtick of eerie faces at windows, sudden chills and unexplained draughts. .

Mosse is very good at stitching her two narratives together. Characters follow in each other's footsteps, a hundred years apart, and she will drop a detail into the 21st-century portion of the book that hooks it, rather touchingly, to the earlier thread: a stone seat still in situ, sheet music untouched in a piano stool and so on.

I accidentally read book 2 in the trilogy before book 1 - it will be interesting to see if it makes much difference. ( )
  Jawin | Jul 28, 2018 |
Really more like 3.5. Beautiful writing in terms of evoking a sense of place, but the characters all felt a little flat, and the relationships lacked depth. You never really understood what attracted any one character to another, and motives for behavior were unclear. But if you love lush descriptions of locales and a writer who can effectively convey elements of The Belle Époque in France and its surrounds, then this is your book. ( )
  its_aduck | Jun 6, 2018 |
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L'âme d'autrui est une forêt obscure où il faut marcher avec précaution.
The soul of another is a dark forest in which one must tread carefully.

Letter, 1891
Claude Debussy
The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.

The Pictorial Key to the Tarot, 1910
Arthur Edward Waite
To my wonderful mother, Barbara Mosse,
for that first piano

And, as ever, my beloved Greg —
for all things present, past and yet to come
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This story begins in a city of bones. In the alleyways of the dead. In the silent boulevards, promenades and impasses of the Cimetière de Montmartre in Paris, a place inhabited by tombs and stone angels and the loitering ghosts of those forgotten before they are even cold in their graves. [Prelude]
Léonie Vernier stood on the steps of the Palais Garnier, clutching her chatelaine bag and tapping her foot impatiently.
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Please distinguish between Kate Mosse's 2007 novel, Sepulchre, and James Herbert's 1986 novel of the same title. Thank you.
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