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Their troubled past behind them, married couple, Rob and Louise, visit Venice for the first time together, looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Not just a romantic destination, it's also the most haunted city in the world and soon, Louise finds herself the focus of an entity she can't quite get to grips with - a veiled lady who stalks her.

After marrying a young Venetian doctor, Enrico Sanuto, Charlotte moves from England to Venice, full of hope for the future. Home though is not in the city; it's on Poveglia, in the Venetian lagoon, where she is set to work in an asylum, tending to those that society shuns. As the true horror of her surroundings reveals itself, hope turns to dust.

From the labyrinthine alleys of Venice to the twisting, turning corridors of Poveglia, their fates intertwine. Vengeance only waits for so long.

©2016 Shani Struthers (P)2016 Shani Struthers

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Stupid heroines and worthless, incompetent men

What disappointed you about The Venetian?

the premise is interesting but the characters are are just irritating. The two women who are main characters in the story are most annoying.

Has The Venetian turned you off from other books in this genre?

No - I'm still looking for a good ghost story.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance was not bad. It was hard to get beyond the silliness of the story.

What character would you cut from The Venetian?

None

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Well written

Book was well written and interesting but predictable. I would read another from this author.

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Love the writing of Shani!

Love the suspense, thanks again to Shani Struthers and her wonderful narrator Elizabeth Phillips. Never a dull moment in these books, so hard to put down. I would read/listen cover to cover in one sitting...if I could! Thank you for taking me away, if only for a few hours!!

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Well, there were scary parts

A bit tricky, rating this book. It is verrrryyyy slow to develop, hits a good stride and is plenty creepy/scary, but the last few chapters? Meh. very good narrator for all characters.

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Not much of Venice

The double story takes place on an island in the Venetian lagoons, for the most part, and focuses very closely on two Englishwomen and their troubled marriages. That is not a spoiler, just a word of caution. This is intriguing in the beginning, in the part of the story that takes place in Venice, and can help to draw the reader along, at first. The narrator reads well, in an unobtrusive voice whose sense of urgency and different characterizations are effective. But there is an odd occasional doubling up or repeating of words, as if the recording was stopped, backed up and restarted, like a stutter. I can't tell if this was a problem with the recording or the device I was listening to. At one point in the story, when a man and woman both shout, the narrator and recording manage to give a startlingly realistic performance. For readers who actually speak Italian, some of the mispronunciations may become annoying, such as a man who describes himself as "contenta" instead of "contento" and characters repeatedly saying "grazia" instead of "grazie." But overall, an engaging ghost story, well read.

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Narrator Fail

Some Americans do a fair job with British accents, this one did not. It was terribly distracting and I suppose I'll read the rest of the series to avoid it.
#evenamericansknowwhatrealbritishaccentssoundlike

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  • su through the looking glass!
  • 01-06-18

Appalling rubbish

Terrible narration, sounds like someone trying to do an English accent and failing. Badly written trashy novel, l returned it before the end of the first chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-18

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boring story and robotic performance. I tried to like it but feel I've just wasted an hour of my life.

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  • TerryHeth
  • 01-18-17

Excellent

Brilliant spooky story! Narrator is great too.
I loved the build up then the central tale which weaves into the ending & grows the tension & just grabs you!
Very tingling & tension building throughout if I'm honest.
Such a different spooky tale & definitely worth listening to or reading
Thank you