A gothic tale about Victor Hugo?s long-buried secrets and the
power of a love that never dies?
In 1843, novelist Victor Hugo?s beloved nineteen-year-old
daughter drowned. Ten years later, still grieving, Hugo initiated
hundreds of séances from his home on the Isle of Jersey in order to
reestablish contact with her. In the process, he claimed to have
communed with Plato, Galileo, Shakespeare, Dante, Jesus?and even
the devil himself. Hugo?s transcriptions of these conversations
have all been published.
Or so it has been believed?
Recovering from a great loss, mythologist Jac L?Etoile thinks
that throwing herself into work will distract her from her grief.
In the hopes of uncovering a secret about the island?s mysterious
Celtic roots, she arrives on Jersey and is greeted by ghostly
Neolithic monuments, medieval castles and hidden caves. But the man
who has invited her there, a troubled soul named Theo Gaspard,
hopes she?ll help him discover something quite
different?transcripts of Hugo?s lost conversations with someone he
called the Shadow of the Sepulcher. Central to his heritage, these
are the papers his grandfather died trying to find. Neither Jac nor
Theo anticipate that the mystery surrounding Victor Hugo will
threaten their sanity and put their very lives at stake.
Seduction is a historically evocative and atmospheric
tale of suspense with a spellbinding ghost story at its heart,
written by one of America?s most gifted and imaginative novelists.
Awakening a mystery that spans centuries, this multilayered gothic
tale brings a time, a place and a cast of desperate characters
brilliantly to life.