Reviewed by Sara Drake
Novelist Victor Hugo’s daughter dies tragically and the author’s grief drives him to increased experimentation with spiritualism. His need to contact the spirits of the dead brings him into contact with Lucifer, the Devil, the evil of many names. In modern times, an emotionally broken young mythologist comes to help seek for the lost journal of Hugo’s detailing his dealings with the devil. Jac has a history of mental illness and no idea how this quest for Victor’s journal among Celtic remains will affect the rest of her life.
Seduction blends Victor’s story from the 1800s and Jac’s story in the modern world. Rose does a wonderful job entwining the two tales together until they become one, each one accentuating the other. The book has been labeled as suspense, though I honestly did not get that feel from it. Instead, the story’s paranormal elements mixed with historical elements gave it a diverse feel, hard to neatly categorize.
My first complaint is the number of psychological terms used inappropriately or which do not exist. I know, it’s a personal problem. I am in the middle of a PhD program for psychology and am probably a little hypersensitive. As this is fiction, I would not mind the author making psychological disorders and terms up if the terms were better explained. The depiction of Jungian psychology and therapy were fairly fascinating; however, I am not sure how much of it a reader would be able to follow without more details being given. Plus, her therapist was just creepy. It’s unethical to have a personal relationship with someone currently in therapy and looked down upon afterwards.
My second complaint stems from the pacing of the plot. I did not feel any suspense and felt like the story meandered through to its completion without much sense of urgency. The conclusion felt rushed and incomplete. I did not see how the resolution actually made any difference. The few things that had been building up, slightly, seemed to just disappear. Add one small dose of knowledge and all the problems are done, book over. I felt cheated. I made it through the entire book, actually found myself curious about an item or two, and got little in the way of a real ending.
I enjoyed aspects of the book. The characters all felt multidimensional and I quickly grew very fond of Jac. The secondary characters all shared a great deal of depth and all fascinated me. I kept reading for the characters, curious to see where they would end up.
About the author
M.J. Rose is the international best selling author of eleven novels and two non-fiction books on marketing. Her fiction and non-fiction has appeared in many magazines and reviews including Oprah Magazine. She has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com. The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Renincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and runs the blog- Buzz, Balls & Hype. She is also the co-founder of Peroozal.com and BookTrib.com.
Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.
Sara Drake has been an avid reader since a young age. She has both a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling and a Master’s in History.
Review and giveaway copies were provided free of any obligation by Atria Books. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.