Wednesday, 2 September 2009

Joanne Harris: The Evil Seed

It is never easy to face the fact that a man you once loved passionately has found the girl of his dreams as Alice discovers when Joe introduces her to his new girlfriend Ginny. Jealous, Alice is repelled by Giny - an ethereal beauty with a sinister group of friends. Then Alice finds an old diary hidden away in Ginny's room and reads about Daniel Holmes and his friend Robert and the mysterious woman who bewitched them both - Rosemary Virgina Ashley, buried in Grantchester churchyard half a century ago - buried but far from forgotten. As the stories intertwine, past and present are merged into one; Alice comes to realize that her instinctive hatred of Joes' new girlfriend may not just be due to jealousy as she's plunged into a nightmare world of obsession, revenge, seduction and blood.

I have now finished reading this book and I have very mixed feelings about this book and I had nearly given up on it. At the beginning I found the story captivating, but then somehow the pace slowed down and there were too many descriptions of hallucinations in my opinion. I was taken by the references to Dante's Pre-Raphaelites and to vampirism. However, for me, the ending was particularly disappointing, as it leaves the reader with the feeling that Alice is haunted, obsessed and somewhat disturbed...

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