Rating : 5/5 5.0 out of 5.0 stars
“Emily’s Lair” is the kind of book I know I am going to love from the first few pages itself. Such an eloquently written story with every line delivering an impact doesn’t let the reader skim through. The author has successfully managed to create the eerie vibes needed for a book based on witchcraft from the commencement. In short, the story is fulfilling and is fast-paced.
The first time detective Will Heller meets Emily in her bookstore, and gets smitten by the beauty. The moment their conversation moves towards revenge and witchcraft, you know something is wrong with her. The reader could relate to the suspicions and speculations of Will towards her as the story progresses. When he learned about Liesbeth Janssen – a brutally tortured, strong, and independent woman of the seventeenth century accused of witchcraft, his suspicions get directed towards Emily. Her mysterious talks and behavior keep him on the toes.
Every bit of a page-turner and engrossing read educates the readers about the dark world of witchcraft, women getting tortured in the name of witches for centuries. In parts, the book works like a documentary imparting too much knowledge. Anyways the story setting is spectacular that stays immaculate with switching between ancient times and the current.
Liesbeth’s story is repeated multiple times – in the prologue, then Emily narrates it, then Will reads a book about her and then her journal. First, three instance doesn’t furnish any new information and are just monotonous. Only the last one connects all the dots by a narration of events from Leisbeth’s angle. I would say the documentary and repetition are the only quibbles in this fantastic book. Parts related to it feel entirely dragged.
I hadn’t read an exceptional book in recent times, and this book completed my search. I loved the story and storytelling equally. You wouldn’t regret picking it up but will regret not reading it.