After she nearly ruins her family with a terrible misstep, Elena Spira is sent to Venice to escape disgrace and to atone by caring for the ailing Samuel Farber. But the crumbling and decaying Ca' Basilio palazzo, where Samuel is ensconced, holds tragic secrets, and little does Elena know how profoundly they will impact her. Soon she begins to sense that she is being watched by something. And when Samuel begins to have hallucinations that make him violent and unpredictable, she can't deny she's in mortal danger.
Then impoverished nobleman Nero Basilio, Samuel's closest friend and the owner of the palazzo, arrives. Elena finds herself entangled with both men in a world where the past seeps into the present and nothing is as it seems. As Elena struggles to discover the haunting truth before it destroys her, a dark force seems to hold Samuel and the Basilio in thrall - is it madness, or something more sinister?
This was a great mystery/ghost/love story. I only wish I hadn't already heard it so that I could listen to it again for the first time. Loved it!
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I really enjoyed this story. It had me guessing up till the end. I kind of suspected who the antagonist was ...but, then again it still had me guessing :)
The narration was perfect! loved all the characters voices
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I have always enjoyed a good ghostly romantic mystery. The setting was intriging and I would have enjoyed more description in the book. For the most part this story was obviously predictable. A good read but I felt the ending could have been more defined and complete unless the aithor was leaving it open for a part II. I was expecting more after the lengthy finale.
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From the beginning, this book grabs you. Throw in death and romance and fights with your own soul of what is right and what is wrong, and what is the right thing to do, and you get one amazing story of lust, love, betrayal, confusion, and a supernatural world.
The story was slow and predictable. I listen to tons of audible books. This one will not be a favorite.
Lovely descriptive details of an intriguing setting spark ones interest...sometimes painfully slow to get around the next corner, then very exciting as plot develops nicely into a thriller/romance. Sometimes the reader sounds flat and off, but perhaps that is to effect...a prudish element surrounded by lush, ancient, emotional continentalism..Enthralling elements, unknowable at times, obvious at others. I found myself yelling at the protagonists a few times..lol! Good read.
This just wasn't what I expected. If I understood what the horrible thing Elana did that discredited her father's work and resulted in a contracted marriage, maybe I would have bought into it more. I am also not a person interested in ghosts, demonic possession, or psychological thrillers. I could not relate to a girl who made one bad decision and was so easily misled, falling for any man who saunters past. She falls for the wrong person, multiple times. Needs to develop some wisdom.
Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would definitely recommend it, it is creepy and sexy, and nothing as I expected.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
I was surprised by some things, but I think that it was consequent to the whole story and Iiked it. I'd say it's bittersweet.
What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I think that she is a great narrator, I have listened to other books read by her and she gives a different nuance to each one.
Could you see The Visitant being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
I think this story could fit quite well into a movie or TV series. I haven't thought about any star.
Any additional comments?
It is a creepy story with a mystery that keeps you guessing, There are some sexy moments as well, to sum up, a very enjoyable story.
This one was just okay for me. Too insta-love and too predictable. The characters weren't fleshed out or unique..
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