‘Playing with Fire’ by Tess Gerritsen

playing with fireWhat a fantastic book?! I loved it.

I certainly wasn’t expecting the story that was told in this book and yet once I got started I never wanted to put the thing down.

It has 2 story lines.

One is of Julia, a musician who finds a beautiful piece of music and upon playing it her daughter begins to act strangely (e.g. killing the family cat – poor kitty). No one believes Julia that her daughter is doing these strange things but Julia believes it to be the music.

The second story is of a Lorenzo, he lives in Venice, he’s a Jew and its just before the Second World War. He’s is the composer of the music Julia now owns.

The true star of this book is the haunting piece of music called ‘Incendio‘ and it is a real piece of music. YouTube it! It is amazing and those last few notes are beautifully played and makes the tears fall for all these characters.

Tess has managed to write a book where both stories compliment each other throughout. Neither is over shadowed by the other.  She has woven the historical facts of the Second World War into this story in an eerie way. I felt physically sick reading about what happened to Lorenzo in that camp and yet isn’t that the sign of a good writer to make me feel?

If I was to have one issue with this book, it would be how quick the story was wrapped up.  I’m guessing someone was calling ‘dinner’ when she got towards to the end! But this is a small issue in comparison to a great book, so i’ll forgive her.

This book has inspired me to read something else by Tess in the future. I look forward to what else she can teach me.

My Rating 5/5.

FYI – “incendio” is also the Harry Potter spell for making fire!

 

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