About the Book
This is my 250th read book registered on Goodread website, obviously it isn’t my 250th read overall in my life since I’m sure I forgot to add a lot of books to the website but I would like to start this category with this book.
I’m used to Tess Gerritsen’s books, or rather I read her Rizzoli & Isles series thanks to the TV show which introduced me to Rizzoli’s character, so when I saw this book in the “suggested” column of my Kobo account, I said why not? As usual I read the word “violent” in the summary and think it’s a mystery/thriller genre. Oh I was so wrong! At first, coming from a mystery/fantasy book in which supernatural was the key to the book (which I didn’t like) I thought “oh gosh, no! Not another book like the previous one!” but when I started the second part (the first Lorenzo’s section) I was blown away. I couldn’t rest until I finished the book.
The story has two POV, Julia , set in present time and Lorenzo, set in the years right before WWII and during the war. The two timelines intersect themselves, but not in a way that is confusing. The book is divided in “blocks”, each block named after one of the two characters and each block is composed by a few chapters, so the two timelines intersect nicely and it’s easy to follow.
The book starts with Jullia buying an ancient book of musics and among them there is a waltz written in pencil by L. Todesco. This story/timeline isn’t what got me hooked, but the second one was what was interesting in my opinion.
I avidly wanted to know Lorenzo’s story, his “ending”, I wanted to know if he survived and reunited with Laura, his beloved, even if he wasn’t really a main character (he was a mean to an end). The “mystery” was second for me, I know it shouldn’t, since it was the main plot, but I think I wouldn’t have liked this book so much if it weren’t for Lorenzo.
And the ending (of the main plot) wan surprising for once. I know there was a solution to the “Mystery” and I watch a lot of TV shows so I should have know the “resolution” was that (obviously I’m not going to tell you) but I was so kidnapped by Lorenzo’s story that I didn’t see that coming. And it’s the first time I’m surprised reading a book. Moreover it’s the first time that a book makes me cry… Maybe it’s because of the genre I usually read but I actually never cried over a book. I do cry over a TV show, over a fanfiction, even over a TV commercial (yes, I’m strange, I know), but never over a book. At the end I was so pleased with this book that I was happy with my purchase.