Seduction: A Novel of Suspense

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Simon and Schuster, May 7, 2013 - Fiction - 384 pages
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From the author of The Book of Lost Fragrances comes a haunting novel about a grieving woman who discovers the lost journal of novelist Victor Hugo, awakening a mystery that spans centuries.

A gothic tale about Victor Hugo’s long-buried secrets and the power of a love that never dies . . . In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo’s beloved nineteen-year-old daughter drowned. Ten years later, still grieving, Hugo initiated hundreds of sťances from his home on the Isle of Jersey in order to reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have communed with Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus—and even the devil himself. Hugo’s transcriptions of these conversations have all been published.

Or so it has been believed . . .

Recovering from a great loss, mythologist Jac L’Etoile thinks that throwing herself into work will distract her from her grief. In the hopes of uncovering a secret about the island’s mysterious Celtic roots, she arrives on Jersey and is greeted by ghostly Neolithic monuments, medieval castles and hidden caves. But the man who has invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard, hopes she’ll help him discover something quite different— transcripts of Hugo’s lost conversations with someone he called the Shadow of the Sepulcher. Central to his heritage, these are the papers his grandfather died trying to find. Neither Jac nor Theo anticipate that the mystery surrounding Victor Hugo will threaten their sanity and put their very lives at stake.

Seduction is a historically evocative and atmospheric tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart, written by one of America’s most gifted and imaginative novelists. Awakening a mystery that spans centuries, this multilayered gothic tale brings a time, a place and a cast of desperate characters brilliantly to life.
 

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User Review  - KarenRinn - LibraryThing

Must read. The language, the imagery, the characters - a delicious seduction of the senses making me want more books! What a marvelous concept for a story line and I thank my husband for finding M. J. Rose's books at the library. Read full review

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User Review  - celticlady53 - LibraryThing

This story actually starts in The Book of Lost Fragrances about Jac L’Etoile, a mythologist, and her family who were perfumers. Jac receives a letter from an acquaintance, Theo, from 17 years previous ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
13
Section 3
28
Section 4
37
Section 5
62
Section 6
68
Section 7
83
Section 8
96
Section 19
239
Section 20
249
Section 21
262
Section 22
265
Section 23
269
Section 24
277
Section 25
288
Section 26
304

Section 9
105
Section 10
114
Section 11
119
Section 12
152
Section 13
159
Section 14
173
Section 15
183
Section 16
190
Section 17
198
Section 18
226
Section 27
311
Section 28
319
Section 29
322
Section 30
329
Section 31
338
Section 32
348
Section 33
350
Section 34
352
Section 35
357
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New York Times bestselling author M. J. Rose grew up in New York City exploring the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum and the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park. She is the author of more than a dozen novels, the co-president and founding board member of International Thriller Writers, and the founder of the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz.com. She lives in Greenwich, Connecticut. Visit her online at MJRose.com. †

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