BOOK REVIEW: THE CRIMSON PORTRAIT
Just how far would one go to try and recreate a person in the image of the one she loved?
Catherine's husband was killed in World War I. Before he enlisted, her husband arranged to have a hospital set up on their estate in order to accommodate wounded soldiers and the staff. Catherine wanted to stay at the house because she really had nowhere else to go.
Catherine kept to herself but as time went on she started to enjoy the company of a wounded soldier named Julian. His face was covered with bandages so she did not know what he looked like. As time went on they had an affair. Then something happened. Julian reminded her of her late husband. The opportunity presented itself where Catherine could have Julian's face reconstructed in the image of her husband. Does she want to do this because of selfishness on her part? Is it right to do this to Julian? What does Catherine decide to do?
This is a moving and haunting story that includes an excellent cast of strong characters and you begin to find out more about each one as the book goes on. The author makes the reader feel the pain of the wounded soldiers as they are brought into the hospital with facial wounds. This is also a historical novel that helps to give the reader some insight into the beginning of reconstructive surgery. The author does a wonderful job of setting the stage for what is about to happen. As the rooms are transformed and the mirrors removed, you just get an eerie feeling about what is taking place. This is a good one. Be sure to add it to your reading list!
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
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