A novel of love and horror set in New Orleans
"Never go back. She can be anyone, take any form," were his mother's last words before committing suicide. Advice quickly forgotten by Michael who sails through life until he tries to sell his family's abandoned plantation.
So when loved ones mysteriously begin to die and his girlfriend disappears, he's forced to descend to the underworld to confront the malevolent creature his mother warned him about.
Marta wickedly mixed the spine-chilling moments with the funny and the sarcastic. All the characters seemed so real, each with their flaws and their idiosyncrasies; even the most minor characters were very well-constructed, and there was something to be loved about each of them. The setting in New Orleans was perfect for the story-mysterious, swampy, full of contradictions. I couldn’t help imagining it as a movie. Bottom line, I loved it!
Some of the sexiest love scenes I've read in a while. This filmic horror novel is a fast and fun read. There's a flawed hero with serious mother issues and a lonely monster with her own displacement at its core. And you get this in a Southern Gothic setting. What's not to love?
It reminded me of many of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's works. It keeps you in suspense with unexpected twists and turns. It has an added flavor of romanticism, eroticism and historical fiction. It is also clear that it has been well researched, especially to what pertains to Mythological figures. Quite a page turner. I am looking forward to her next writings.
In The Return, Michael discovers a leather-bound book with his ancestor's hand-written confession revealing the dark source of the Delacroix wealth.
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The Girl in Yellow: Rose makes a bargain with the creature, sealing Michael's fate.