BRISTOL HOUSE by Beverly Swerling
Publisher Viking, April 4, 2013
Annie Kendall arrives at London’s
Bristol House to research ancient artifacts from the Holy Land. Her flat has
two remarkable features: a stunning black-and-white mural of London scenes,
and—apparently—the ghost of a Carthusian monk who leaves mysterious traces
and refuses to be ban-ished. Hollowed out by loss and regret, and desperate
to change her life and put her career back on track, Annie is determined to
ignore the mysteries that slowly gather her into their net.
Oblivious to any personal peril, Annie pursues her research and meets Geoff
Harris, a well-known TV personality who bears an eerie resemblance to the
monk haunting her flat. Why have both these figures come into her life, and
what do they want?
This riveting dual-period narrative seamlessly blends a haunting
supernatural thriller with the vivid history of Tudor London, a place where
monks are being ex¬ecuted, Jews have been banished, and the power of Henry
VIII and Thomas Cromwell reaches into every corner of the kingdom. Annie’s
search leads her to unravel the twists of time and emerge as a woman
strengthened by the mysteries of what we can and cannot know, able to
forgive herself for the past, and trust love in the future. Widely acclaimed
for her City of Dreams series, Beverly Swerling here delivers an enchanting
and epic tale of an historian and a monk half a millennium apart.