Dark Inheritance

Dark Inheritance

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  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • AudioGO Limited
  • Chivers Large print (Chivers, Windsor, Paragon & C
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754046249
  • 9780754046240

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In a career, so far spanning more than 30 years, Feinstein has published novels, poetry and biographies. This, her latest fictional work, bills itself as a thriller, and follows a middle-aged academic, Rachel O'Malley, to Rome, where she is to interview a young, Italian novelist, Emmanuel Cellini. The writer is causing a sensation with a book about contemporary life that echoes the tragic Greek tale of Phaedra, who fell in love with her stepson. The assignment is not as easy as it might appear, because Cellini is a virtual recluse, and his father a prominent politician, is keen to suppress any publicity for the novel, for fear that it might be seen as autobiographical and harm his candidacy. Woven into this web of intrigue are a number of peripheral characters who will help or hinder Rachel to suit their own agenda; and, in the background, is her own son, Tom, kidnapped whilst on a magazine assignment in Indonesia. Rachel learns a lot about herself, but revelations regarding others will prove shocking and dangerous to know... This book interweaves third-person narrative, extracts from 'Cellini's novel' and from his mother's journals with mixed results. The latter two components occasionally achieve a poignancy and humanity rarely found elsewhere in the novel, dealing as they do with terrible secrets and broken lives. Elsewhere, the narrative is often let down by stilted dialogue, and the literary world is portrayed, perhaps unintentionally, as quite false, and alienating for the ordinary reader. As for the characters, the senior Cellini is a solid portrait of an arch manipulator; but Rachel is something of a disappointment, her emotions ruled by the men in her life in spite of herself, although that is an all too human failing. On the plus side, the novel does have moments of genuine suspense, and the revelations are heartbreaking. This book promises more than it delivers, but buried under the literary name-dropping, there is an enjoyable thriller waiting to be discovered. (Kirkus UK)show more

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