When concert pianist Vivienne Mourdant’s father dies, he leaves to her the care of a patient at Hurstwell Asylum. Vivienne had no idea the woman existed, and yet her portrait is shockingly familiar. When the asylum claims she was never a patient there, Vivienne is compelled to discover what happened to the figure she remembers from childhood dreams.
The longer she lingers in the deep shadows and forgotten towers at Hurstwell, the fuzzier the line between sanity and madness becomes. She hears music no one else does, receives strange missives with rose petals between the pages, and untangles far more than is safe for her to know.
But can she uncover the truth about the mysterious woman she seeks? And is there anyone at Hurstwell she can trust with her suspicions?
Joanna Davidson Politano casts a delightful spell with this lyrical look into the nature of women’s independence and artistic expression during the Victorian era–and now.
I think I have read every book by Joanna and liked them all but I think this might have been my favorite. For some reason I enjoy books that take place in asylums. I’m not sure what that says about me…
Joanna did a great job of making me even question Vivienne’s sanity at times. I started to wonder am I being tricked? I won’t tell you if I was or not.
There were so many layers and different connections as well, even to the previous book. But that is somewhat subtle and won’t matter if you haven’t read the previous one.
Overall, an excellent read that I had to see how it ended.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.