‘Welcome to the asylum…’
Their troubled past behind them, married couple, Rob and Louise, visit Venice for the first time together, looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Not just a romantic destination, it’s also the ‘most haunted city in the world’ and soon, Louise finds herself the focus of an entity she can’t quite get to grips with – a ‘veiled lady’ who stalks her.
After marrying young Venetian doctor, Enrico Sanuto, Charlotte moves from England to Venice, full of hope for the future. Home though is not in the city; it’s on Poveglia, in the Venetian lagoon, where she is set to work in an asylum, tending to those that society shuns. As the true horror of her surroundings reveals itself, hope turns to dust.
From the labyrinthine alleys of Venice to the twisting, turning corridors of Poveglia, their fates intertwine. Vengeance only waits for so long…
The Venetian is a hauntingly eerie and heart breaking story mostly set on a tiny island that in the past had been used to quarantine plague victims, and later used as a mental asylum. Honestly, I think I have a serious phobia of mental asylums. I believe it may be an innate fear of being locked up in one. I visited what remains of Bodmin Jail a few years ago, and I felt as uneasy reading this book, as I did walking around Bodmin Jail *shudder*.
This book made me feel claustrophobic, on edge, trapped and even sick with fear at times. I loved the characters and found the story to be very emotional in places. Much to my relief, I loved the ending, and was able to finish this book with a smile on my face and a night free from nightmares. Phew!
I’m a bit hit and miss with supernatural ghost type stories, as they don’t always scare me enough, but I really enjoyed The Venetian, due to it well and truly freaking me out. This is the third book I’ve read by this author, and it is definitely my favourite so far. I can’t wait to read the next standalone book in The Haunted World Series.
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