Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Julien's Terror by Laura Rahme


In this chilling psychological tale set in revolutionary France, a young couple confront their darkest fears. Looming above them, between healing and oblivion, lies the French Republic's most shocking secret.
FRANCE, 1794 - The Reign of Terror
Julien d'Aureville, a young boy from a broken home in Paris, meets a fugitive aristocrat who changes his life. As the Terror subsides and Napoleon rises to power, Julien's fortunes improve.
Then he meets the mysterious Marguerite.

Upon her marriage to Julien, Marguerite Lafolye has all a Parisian woman could ever wish. Yet something is not quite right. Is Marguerite hiding a dark secret? When she attempts to see into Marguerite, even the celebrated fortuneteller, Marie Anne Lenormand, cannot read her cards.

From bourgeois Paris to the canals of Napoleon's Venice, Marguerite seems to be living a lie. Who is she really? What drives her obsession with the late Dauphin, Louis-Charles, son of Marie-Antoinette?
Could the answer lie in a memory - in Nantes' orphanage, or in the hidden undergound caves of war-torn Vendée, or else in the secret refuge of Gralas Forest, deep in Western France?
Or could the answer be right here, in Paris, within the forbidding walls of the Temple Prison that Napoleon threatens to destroy, and where the Dauphin tragically perished.
From the author of THE MING STORYTELLERS and THE MASCHERARI comes an historical psychological thriller that will defy all you knew of France's revolution.
In this confronting new novel, Laura Rahme paints the tragedies and triumphs of love in tumultuous and deadly times.
JULIEN'S TERROR is a suspenseful mystery where folklore and superstition meet with the horrors of the past.

REVIEW

Julien's Terrror is the latest novel by author Laura Rahme. It is a powerful tale that sweeps its reader into the dark atmosphere of the French Revolution. The story centres around two people - Julien and Marguerite - who both survived the reign of terror. They are drawn together inexplicably, powerfully, and with a touch of mystery and danger. 

The novel has a touch of the psychological, the paranormal with a Gothic feel and with a good mystery at its core. Most definitely it can be classified as a suspense thriller. Laura Rahme delves deep into the darkest circumstances of the revolution, bringing it to vivid clarity and revealing lesser known facts. Her research was thorough and rich indeed. Of all the novels I've read set during the revolution, this one had more detail than usual. It was the first I had read of the Nantes drownings, the refugees, the women rebels, and more. 

I've now had the pleasure of reading all of this author's novels - each one equally as enthralling. For certain, this is one author I urge you to follow! Highly recommended!