on January 1st 1970
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A bitter writer, an enthusiastic protege and a story that must be told.
Peter is a young nurse and aspiring author whose professional dreams have come true - a patient in his care, Penelope, needs someone to transcribe her final story.
Revolving around four friends sharing an apartment where they hone their artistic and musical skills, Peter soon realises there is more to the story - another presence is lurking in the building, an intriguing, creative, temperamental force that goes by the name Em Jewel.
When tragedy strikes, Peter and his charming co-worker Gabrielle must finish Penelope's story before it ruins both their lives. With the help of a motley group of authors, Peter and Gabrielle are swept up into a world of art, intrigue and deception. They must choose whether to follow their heads or their hearts - with life-altering consequences.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has not influenced my review in any way.
Things I loved
- The supernatural/historical vs. contemporary aesthetic was a lovely quirk in what truly appears to be a straight up adult fiction book from the cover.
- When an elderly female author character is played in my head by Maggie Smith you know the author has nailed the “Grand Dame” trope perfectly.
- The characters were varied and interesting.
- The mystery pulled me right through the story.
- The minor romance was cute.
Only really one gripe:
- Things did seem to work out a little too conveniently for our main character.
If you liked this but would be open to a more YA version, read The Diviners by Libba Bray.