"By the time Professor Richard Lovell found his way through Canton's narrow alleys to the faded address in his diary, the boy was the only one in the house left alive." -ch1 opening
"The retreating winter had left cypresses shivering in the graveyard beside the church di San Felice. In the shadow of listing crosses, muddy hollows stagnated; angels slipped despairingly into a tangled sea of grass." - ch1 opening
"Breathe, Cecily. Cold air filled her lungs. It was strange. When she'd pictured breathing up here, she'd assumed it would feel like suffocating. Choking. Maybe, in a way, like drowning. But it didn't." - prologue opening
"Jacob Finch Bonner, the once promising author of the "New and Noteworthy" (The New York Times Book Review) novel The Invention of Wonder, let himself into the office he'd been assigned on the second floor of Richard Peng Hall, set his beat-up leather sachel on the barren desk, and looked around in something akin to despair." -Ch1 opening
"Darkness cloaked the land of Alfara as a chill wind swept through the fields of wheat. Tavar felt an energy shimmer in the air. The threat of change. Of violence." - ch1
"Dreamers, singers, talkers and killers; they can dazzle with their beauty or their talent or their unmitigated evil, but inside themselves they are as frail and desperate as the rest of us. But can you see them? Can you unravel the truth? These are people you know, but not as you know them. Peel back the mask and see."
"The image of the clock's hands burned into her retinas as she stared, willing her eyes to stay focused, there, on that spot. Above the sound of the blood pulsing through her ears, she could just make out the sharp click of its ticks, as the second hand flicked around the circumference of the dial." Prologue opening
"The carriage drew closer to Bookseller's Row, and Beatrice Clayborn drew in a hopeful breath before she cast her spell." Chapter 1 opening
"The backbone of every triumph is built on two simple words: Watch me." - Whisper Island, Chapter 1 opening
"Here are some true things: 1. In the afternoon or early evening of June 25th 1980, Vicki Durian and Nancy Santomero were killed in an isolated clearing in southeastern West Virginia." - The Third Rainbow Girl, opening
TLDR; Mystery-thriller with a great final conclusion and an unexpected character collision.
TLDR; a good mystery crime book with an interesting killer backstory and a side-plot of unexpected harassment for the main protagonist.
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