The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Read for a bookclub in May)
With so much vampire romance out there nowadays (even though I love it), reading a suspenseful, non-amour story like The Historian was very refreshing. Mystery and suspense readers, classic Dracula fans, and those in the camp that believe that vampires should be strictly horror figures, will enjoy this novel.
The story initially follows a mature teenage girl in the 1970s, as she slowly learns that her academically-rich, multicultural family has a long, complicated history with Dracula. Through stories, letters and flashbacks from her father, grandfather, and mother, a complex and eerie tale of their continuing struggle against the count unfolds.
The story is very tedious at times, with the narrator telling the story, then a character telling a story on top of that and then one of the character's characters telling a story, there's lots of layers. There were times that I completely forgot about the narrator and her present struggles, because the storyline focuses so much on the memories of other characters. I was eager for them to hurry up and face-down Dracula.
Overall, I enjoyed the mystery and suspense of this book. It would probably appeal to classic Sherlock Holmes fans as well.
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