Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley
In 1921, infamous Italian poet Galeazzo D’Ascanio wrote his last and greatest play, inspired by his muse and mistress, actress Celia Sands. On the eve of opening night, Celia vanished, and the play was never performed.
Now, two generations later, Alessandro D’Ascanio plans to stage his grandfather’s masterpiece and has offered the lead to a promising young English actress, also named Celia Sands—at the whim of her actress mother, or so she has always thought. When Celia arrives at D’Ascanio’s magnificent, isolated Italian villa, she is drawn to the mystery of her namesake’s disappearance—and to the compelling, enigmatic Alessandro.
But the closer Celia gets to learning the first Celia’s fate, the more she is drawn into a web of murder, passion, and the obsession of genius. Though she knows she should let go of the past, in the dark, in her dreams, it comes back…
This book definitely had a slow start. Even for me as a person who has an interest in and knowledge of theater. It got much more interesting about halfway through, but towards the end a lot of elements of the plot felt very rushed. Certain events needed more attention than they got. I did really enjoy Kearsley’s descriptions of the setting she did an excellent job of setting the scene and paining a beautiful picture. I definitely wouldn’t describe this as a thriller, more of a romance with some mystery elements thrown in.
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