Set in Venice in the late nineteenth century The Visitant by Megan Chance is a hauntingly beautiful ghost story. This gothic tale brings romance, mystery, and history alive within its pages and holds the reader captive in its sheer creepiness.
The Visitant is narrated by Julia Whelan who is in my top five of favorite narrators. She does a fantastic job of developing the atmosphere of this novel through the characters. Her ability to adapt to any scenario in an novel brings so much to any story she narrates.
Elena , after making a mistake that has the power to completely ruin her family, is sent to Venice to care for Samuel Farber who suffers from epilepsy. It is the only way her family will survive the disgrace she has put upon them. Arriving at the Ca’Basilio palazzo she finds it a wreck and Samuel not doing much better and when his friend Nero, the owner of the palazzo arrives, things really heat up. When Elena witnesses Samuel having episodes that make him very violent Elena begins to fear for herself and in more ways than one since she’s sure that she senses a presence around them… and not a nice one. As Samuel’s episodes escalate so does Elena’s fear. Something very sinister is going on. Something evil. Something that is out to possibly hurt her.
Did I Fancy It
I really did enjoy this novel especially in audio. I felt the audio really enhanced the sinister tone to the story. The mystery and creepy tone was my favorite part of this novel with me loving anything to do with the supernatural. The romance was the one aspect of the story that I didn’t like as much. I found it a bit much for what I would think would be appropriate for the time period. However that didn’t in any way inhibit my enjoyment of the book. I also appreciated the historical aspect of the novel in regards to the treatment of epilepsy in the past. Recommended for those who enjoy gothic or paranormal novels.
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