Oubliette #review #bewitching
Posted by brriske
Oubliette: A Forgotten Little Place
Vanta M. Black
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Paranormal, Historical Fiction, Genre-Fiction, New Adult, Horror
Publisher: Black Chateau Publishing
Date of Publication: March 2016
Number of pages: 566
Word Count: 247,912
Cover Artist: Black Chateau Enterprises
Veronica knows the monsters aren’t “just in her head”, but no one listens to the headstrong ten-year-old as they tie her to a hospital bed every night.
Years later, after being dumped by her business-partner/boyfriend, Veronica finds herself on the verge of bankruptcy. Then a late-night call promises the perfect solution — a job opportunity decorating a castle in France.
Will Veronica risk what little she has left to chase a fairytale?
When the shadowy things that once terrorized her come back, Veronica must decide how much she’ll sacrifice for them, for her sanity, and for her life.
This epic book consists of interwoven stories with paranormal twists. A horror-filled historical fiction adventure, it spans nearly two millennia.
You’ll be transported to an ancient Pagan ritual, Roman-ruled Gaul, the bloody Inquisition of the Knights Templar, France as it’s ravaged by the Black Death, the duplicitous Reformation, the Paris Catacombs, and the gory French Revolution, while you unravel Oubliette’s cryptic layers.
Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/0S_-_m_dRM8
Veronica woke from night terrors as a child, sure that something really was after her. That belief landed Veronica in the hospital under observation. Later, when Veronica is a successful interior designer, she has no memory of her time in the hospital. Veronica awakens to a phone call one morning, being offered a chance of a lifetime. What Veronica does not realize is that she might not survive this golden opportunity.
The storytelling in this book is amazing. the chapters change time periods, locations picking up threads and weaving together an extremely entertaining tapestry by the time all is said and done. As I read further and further into the book, I wondered what some of the pieces meant, though they all, at least tangentially involve the chateau that Veronica has been hired to redecorate/renovate. I won’t say more, as that would involve spoilers. I will say that the book is entertaining, enthralling, and, because of all of the well-researched history, educational.
There are a few scenes where the characters are depicted in great peril, and that is something to keep in mind. There are some allusions to sex, but they are handled in a very circumspect manner. Because of the alternating story lines, et cetera, I wouldn’t recommend the book to anyone younger than 16, and, then, only after talking in-house.
This is not my ordinary “drug of choice” when it comes to pleasure reading, but I’m glad I took a chance!
Reviewed by HR Duby for Romance Authors that Rock
About the Author:
Vanta M. Black, author of Oubliette—A Forgotten Little Place, enjoys uncovering the dark mysteries of our Universe.
In addition to writing, she enjoys traveling to provocative places and studying all things esoteric.
Black has degrees in English, communication and art. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two pug-mix dogs, and spends her time in support of causes that empower women and advance science and technology.
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