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BOOK REVIEW: THE HISTORIAN
BY ELIZABETH KOSTOVA

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This is the story of a young woman, 16 years old who was motherless. Her mother died when she was a baby. Her father, along with housekeepers and governesses, raised the young girl.

Her father had a large library, which he considered more important then a large living room. His daughter had free run of his collection. Her father traveled frequently and while he was away she would do her homework in the library. Either her father had forgotten what was on the top shelf or figured she would not reach up there. She noticed an old volume and an envelope of yellowing papers.

She knew she really shouldn't be reading her father's private papers but couldn't help reading the first paragraph of the first letter. It began "My dear and unfortunate successor". Feeling guilty she put the letters back into the envelope but thought about them all the next day.

When her father returned she looked for the opportune time to ask him about the book and letters but he was very busy. She asked him to take her on a trip and then had the chance to discuss what she found. What were the secrets of her father's past? How are they connected to her mother's mysterious fate? What does all this have to do with Dracula?

This is Elizabeth Kostova's debut novel. She has written a masterpiece. You can just feel the dark eerie mystery as you read through the pages. This is an exciting historical suspense thriller. The reader is kept guessing as to what their search for clues will discover. The author has also included some interesting historical information. This book is highly recommended.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

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