What I enjoyed most about this book was the author’s description of Venice, of Italy, of the area as a whole…I would love to visit there one day, and this book just reinforces that wish. You literally feel as though you are there, you can picture it easily in your mind. And for some reason, it made me think of autumn (don’t ask me why), which is my favorite season. Further, I loved reading the inclusion of the Italian language. I don’t know if others would find the book as appealing as I do, seeing as I really, really want to travel there someday.
I enjoyed our main characters, Louisa and her sister Barbara, but there is something about Barbara that draws me to her more. Maybe the fact that she is the more responsible of the two (she feels). At any rate, I loved how she decided she was going to Venice and threw herself into going to visit.
You do get a sense of the mystery and the ghosts; however, to me this book seemed to be more about the locale, and character development. I’m intrigued by Massimo. Infuriated by Mateo. What is his DEAL? Ultimately, at the end of the book, I was ready to get into the mystery which I hope we get into in Book 2.
I had only one issue with the book and that was that the segues in some scenes were a bit confusing. One minute, it seemed we were getting Louisa’s thoughts but then no wait…we have moved right into Barbara’s thoughts. A bit vexing at times.
Looking forward to book two.