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Historical Novels Reviews - August 1, 2013
"One of the reasons I was so captivated by Bristol House was that
both the contemporary and Tudor London she depicts seemed very
authentic. Swerling visited London during the four years it took her
to write the novel, and perhaps more crucially, she has lived in
Britain on and off during her adult life. This explains her assured
handling of the differences in British and American speech and
mannerisms, though it is evident that she is a consummate
researcher, and like most accomplished novelists, is always paying
attention to details."
Booklist - March 1, 2013
"Swerling, best known for her City of Dreams quartet, adds a
paranormal dimension to her latest novel, interweaving narratives
set in contemporary and Tudor London. Commissioned by the Shalom
Foundation to unearth some ancient artifacts from the Holy Land,
recovering alcoholic and architectural historian Annie Kendall
arrives in London determined to resurrect more than her career.
After subletting a flat in Bristol House, Annie begins receiving
disturbing visits by the ghost of a Carthusian monk. Initially
fearing that she is hallucinating, she eventually joins forces with
investigative reporter Geoffrey Harris—who coincidentally looks just
like the ghost—and together they attempt to solve a present-day
mystery that is firmly rooted in the past. Elements of romance,
religious mythology, cultism, and the supernatural abound as this
genre-blending thriller stretches back and forth through time to a
suitably dramatic denouement."
— Margaret Flanagan
-- Kirkus Reviews January 2, 2013
"...An intricately woven plot with voices from the past give
Swerling’s latest historical thriller an otherworldly aura."