September 9, 2019 by TinyNavajo
Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen
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*Published October 27, 2015*
The Teen Librarian at my library recommended this book to me a few weeks ago. She actually recommended that I listen to it, as there is violin music that will play and it’s simply beautiful. I read it, so I’ll need to listen to it next time to hear the music.
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.
I was not expecting to like this book. Contemporary books are generally not my cup of tea, especially if they are mystery/thriller books. But you can definitely draw me in if you mix up some historical fiction into the mystery and it suddenly becomes a lot more interesting to me. And the historical fiction was the best part for me, because it shone a light on a part of World War II that didn’t really occur to me before. I loved learning about the Jews in Italy, and how they were truly members of the Italian community, and it was hard to differentiate, but when it came down to it, they were still discriminated against.
Life is not as black and white as it seems, and history is not as black and white as it seems. History is written by those who won and so to them, the story is bad guys lost, good guys win. But in between the beginning and the end, there are a lot of grey areas and it’s in those grey areas is where the stories come to life. For Julia Ansdell, finding out where a most haunting violin piece comes from takes over her life in a most drastic way. And it’s in those grey areas where Julia dives right in and finds out the history that shines a new light on a most powerful family in Italy.
What do you think of historical fiction? Does it draw you in or push you out of the story? Comment below and let me know!