The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd
The Pierced Heart is an entertaining, well written homage to a well-known classic horror story Dracula. Charles Maddox is called to the home of a mysterious nobleman who intends to make a donation to Oxford. He embarks on a journey to enjoy the castle home of Baron Von Reisenberg. His relaxing “retreat” turns into an adventure when he experiences some of his host’s quirks.
The Baron, for example, never eats- it’s always either too early or too late. Although Charles is intrigued by the scientific mind of the Baron he is unnerved when he sees the baron on the roof of the estate in the pouring rain, and later when he distinctly hears a woman’s voice, but the Baron swears there are no women around. Charles is horrified when he stumbles upon statues his host has hidden in a secret room.
Shortly after this discovery he is sent back to London and is asked by an old friend to consult on an unusual case plaguing the city. More and more women are being found murdered, their bodies mutilated in a manner that had never been seen before. Charles learns that the baron is in London and begins to wonder if it is coincidence or something more.
I did enjoy The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd. My favorite part of the writing was that had to pull out my dictionary a couple times- always a sign of strong writing for me. I love to expand my vocabulary as I enjoy a good book. It’s a 2fer! I give this book 5 stars and recommend it to anyone interested in a new twist on a beloved favorite.
I was given the opportunity to read The Pierced Heart by Lynn Shepherd- by Netgalley.