Playing with Fire review

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A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.

The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.

Ah, what to say about this book.  You know, I am kind of at a loss.  This was far from my favorite book of hers and not a topic I read.  Why? Because it is depressing and disturbs me.  Oh, screw the people who say “that is the point”.  I worked 911, I have enough memories of the horrors people do to each other, I don’t need to read more on the subject.

The book is well written and brings out the horror of the death camps.  It may give me nightmares.  I admire the author’s reasons for writing the book and the heroes she highlights.  It highlights the fight between good and evil – a tale as old as the earth itself.

But anyway, the book is haunting and historical – worth the read if you like that kind of story.

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