Over the past year I’ve read three very different books where the past converges with the present to a very satisfying conclusion. Each takes place in a totally different time period in history, yet all manage to weave intrigue, drama, and suspense into their tales. All three involve a diary. All of them are highly recommended.
1. THE SHERLOCKIAN by Graham Moore blends the Victorian London of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (writer of Sherlock Holmes) with the modern day Baker Street Irregulars to solve a mystery.
2.REVOLUTION by Jennifer Donnelley is a YA that takes place in modern day Brooklyn where Andi Alpers reluctantly accompanies her father to Paris where she discovers the diary of Alexandrine Paradis, a heroine who lived during the French revolution. When Andi retraces the steps of Alex into the catacombs of Paris, the past becomes the present in a terrifying, spellbinding tale.
3. THE PHYSICK BOOK OF DELIVERANCE DANE by Katherine Howe melds present day Cambridge Massachusetts with seventeenth century Salem during the infamous with trials.as the heroine tries to unlock the mystery of her ancestor and a missing book. But there is someone who wants the book even more and will do anything to stop her. This page-turner left me wishing the story would never end.
Any lover of historical fiction, mysteries, and just plain old fashioned story telling will love these tales of past and present.