When rare book authenticator Carys Jones' biggest client is committed to an asylum, he gives Carys an offer she cannot refuse. In exchange for his entire library of priceless, Dark Age manuscripts, Carys must track the clues hidden in a previously unknown journal, clues that lead to a tomb that could rewrite the history of Western civilization.
In a lot of ways, Frieswic’s novel can be broken down into two distinguishable parts. The first half, which sets up the story and introduces the characters and conflict, is engaging and mysterious enough to such readers in ... Frieswic shows off a number of incredibly well-researched plot threads ... the pacing is a bit slow here and there, and there will be those who don’t approve of the story’s direction. Without spoiling anything, there are major twists and turns that, while they do provide shock value, won’t make some readers happy ... an entertaining thriller.
Frieswick writes a good story—a real page-turner. She perhaps spends a bit too much time on character background ... Regardless, it’s a quick read with lots of plot twists and an exciting finish ... Frieswick leaves several loose ends ... It should be said however, that several of the loose ends leave the door open for another Carys Jones story in the making. One can only hope.
...meticulously researched ... The settings...are filled with well-placed details, while the character development, particularly of Carys, a damaged woman who prefers manuscripts to people, keeps the story moving, though a major coincidence late in the book that brings Carys back to Massachusetts strains plausibility. Still, fans of paranormal thrillers will be satisfied.