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Blood of Dreams

by Susan Parisi

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This is a beautifully crafted story of horror, set during Carnavale in Venice in the year of 1762. Stylistically, a tad too Jeanette Winterson for my taste, but I can see that it is a fabulously crafted story, and would have no hesitation in recommending it to people. The horror is subtle, and grows slowly, as the gradual destruction of a young life unfolds. This book has ticks in all *my* measures of a good book - subtle world building, strong characterisation (even the bit parts come across as fully realised characters), sufficient attention to detail so that I really believe in the location the story is set, tidy plot, careful pacing ( )
  fred_mouse | Aug 16, 2017 |
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To know the truth you must listen to two liars - Venetian proverb
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for John
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I follow her as she moves along the Fondamente delle Tette.
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Enter a world of seduction, fantasy and betrayal... Venice, 1762. As Carnevale bursts across the city revellers take to the streets in masks and lavish costumes to lose themselves in pleasure. Yet while Venetians celebrate, a nightmare is about to unfold... Laudomia Codussi, a beautiful young woman tormented by terrifying visions, takes a lover and is drawn into his dangerous obsession with opium. When a series of gruesome murders is revealed, Laudomia embarks on an urgent quest to unmask the killer. Until she can separate reality from fantasy, no one is safe - least of all herself. But in a city transformed by illusion, who can say what is real and what is not? In the tradition of Anne Rice and Patrick Suskind, Blood of Dreams is a lush and intoxicating odyssey through the grand palaces, decadent salons and sinister alleyways of eighteenth-century Venice - a journey from which no one will emerge unscathed.… (more)

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