A quick one from me – I’m still recovering from the slog that was Narcissus – but I really like this book. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni is pretty Dan Brown-eqsue – as in, it’s a treasure hunt based around historical artefacts. But it’s nothing like Brown’s works. It’s really smart and refreshing, and it makes a fun read for an afternoon.
Abandoned as a child on the steps of the St Rose Convent in New York, Evangeline Cacciatore grew up knowing little of her parents. Assisting a scholar in the convent one day, she uncovers a disturbing secret connected to her family. It relates to a sinister discovery in the Bulgarian mountains: a beautiful humanlike body impervious to decay. Who is it? And what has it to do with her parents?
Her discovery puts Evangeline in terrible danger. Unwittingly, she has reopened the war between two societies of merciless individuals racing to control powerful hidden artefacts. It is a battle that will have a devastating effect on humankind.
Only by delving deeper into her family’s secret history will Evangeline uncover the truth. But will it save, or destroy, her?