About the Book
Twenty-nine-year-old, independent, and self-assured Cambridge history professor Emma D’Eresby has one obsession in life: the curious journal of a seventeenth-century Englishman, a portion of which was left to her by her late grandfather.
When an unexpected opportunity to study the journal in its entirety presents itself, Emma finds herself leaving Cambridge to take up a year-long position at a prestigious university in Maine. Anticipating a quiet year of research, Emma quickly discovers her work impeded by a range of unforeseen complications. From the start, there is the well-intentioned matchmaking of her vivacious Russian colleague, Elena Smalova, and the unexpected jailing of one of her post-graduate students. More troublesome, however, are the unsolved, brutal night attacks on women near the university and Emma’s suspicion that they might be linked to the sinister English professor, Kort Staahl. But, most diverting and disconcerting of all, is Emma’s growing attraction to the strikingly handsome Dr. Matthew Lyons, whose kind but deliberately distant demeanor puzzles her.
Suspense and dread mount when Kort begins to take a persistent and unsettling interest in Emma. What are Kort’s intentions, and what is he capable of? And the mystery surrounding Matthew only deepens when Emma discovers a link between him and the journal. What is Matthew trying to hide?
About the author:
C. F. Dunn runs a school in North Kent for children with developmental disabilities, dyslexia, autism, and other difficulties.
This book was not at all what I expected…. in only the best of ways!
For some reason I had a hard time connecting with and understanding the first chapter. I don’t know if it was me having to adjust to an “English author,” but I did have to go back and re-read some portions in order to get it. Thankfully, I did not give up and was so glad I didn’t. The character development is so thorough I felt like I knew them intimately and connected with them emotionally. This book was amazing, and when I finished, I had the desire to go back and read it over again.
In my opinion, this book is for mature readers. There are several conversations involving sexual relationships and there is an intense scene involving a physical attack on Emma. Neither are overly graphic, but definitely grown-up reading.
There were certainly some unexpected turns that took place and so much is left hanging for Death Be Not Proud, book two in the series that comes out some time in 2013. I truly CAN NOT imagine where the author is going to take the next book. I have a feeling there will be no playing it safe with these characters and I sense a lot of trouble coming. Squeee!
Unexpected, unnerving, and undeniably great story telling. Are you up for it?
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