Their troubled past behind them, married couple, Rob and Louise, visit Venice for the first time together, looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Not just a romantic destination, it's also the most haunted city in the world and soon, Louise finds herself the focus of an entity she can't quite get to grips with - a veiled lady who stalks her.
After marrying a young Venetian doctor, Enrico Sanuto, Charlotte moves from England to Venice, full of hope for the future. Home though is not in the city; it's on Poveglia, in the Venetian lagoon, where she is set to work in an asylum, tending to those that society shuns. As the true horror of her surroundings reveals itself, hope turns to dust.
From the labyrinthine alleys of Venice to the twisting, turning corridors of Poveglia, their fates intertwine. Vengeance only waits for so long.
©2016 Shani Struthers (P)2016 Shani Struthers
Brilliant spooky story! Narrator is great too.
I loved the build up then the central tale which weaves into the ending & grows the tension & just grabs you!
Very tingling & tension building throughout if I'm honest.
Such a different spooky tale & definitely worth listening to or reading
Some Americans do a fair job with British accents, this one did not. It was terribly distracting and I suppose I'll read the rest of the series to avoid it.
"Not much of Venice"
The double story takes place on an island in the Venetian lagoons, for the most part, and focuses very closely on two Englishwomen and their troubled marriages. That is not a spoiler, just a word of caution. This is intriguing in the beginning, in the part of the story that takes place in Venice, and can help to draw the reader along, at first. The narrator reads well, in an unobtrusive voice whose sense of urgency and different characterizations are effective. But there is an odd occasional doubling up or repeating of words, as if the recording was stopped, backed up and restarted, like a stutter. I can't tell if this was a problem with the recording or the device I was listening to. At one point in the story, when a man and woman both shout, the narrator and recording manage to give a startlingly realistic performance. For readers who actually speak Italian, some of the mispronunciations may become annoying, such as a man who describes himself as "contenta" instead of "contento" and characters repeatedly saying "grazia" instead of "grazie." But overall, an engaging ghost story, well read.
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