In 18th-century Venice, Minguillo Fasan, heir to a fortune, contrives to dispatch of his sister, Marcella, condemning her to the fate of a nun.
But Marcella Fasan is tougher than Minguillo imagines, and, aided by a servant, a painter, a skin-obsessed doctor, a Scottish merchant and a cigar-smoking pornographer, she pitches her wits against her brother....
"A witty exciting page-turner which becomes increasingly addictive.... Quite unlike anything else around - and all the better for that." (Daily Mail)
"This book is fabulous - funny, horrific, subversive - in short a wholly addictive read. I don't think I have enjoyed anything as much since Perfume." (Joanne Harris)
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Despicable villain, predictable ending, but interesting.
- Linda Likes to Learn
I really enjoyed the narration for this book - switching speakers and voices with the changing POV for each chapter really worked well, in my opinion. It was very easy for me to differentiate the POV's and engage with the text. The plot was almost gothic. I couldn't immerse myself into the main character all that well, because she rose above a childhood of horrific treatment by a sadistic brother and an apathetic mother. People like that do exist, it's just that it's hard for me to personally identify with that type of character in that context in that era. Having said that, the villains were excruciatingly well done and the supporting characters were very well drawn (by the author) and described (by the narrator). My interest level stayed high throughout the book and its changing scenery. I'll replay this audiobook again in the future, it's not going to the back shelf at all. The audiobook version of this book was a delight. Indeed, if I were to recommend this book to others, I would emphasize that the audio version is definitely worth it.
- Christine Newton