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The Mask Collectors

A Novel
Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
4 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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A murder investigation becomes a dance with the devil in a breakthrough novel of illusion, conspiracy, and belief.

The alumni of an international boarding school have gathered at a campground in rural New Jersey when a scream breaks the silence of the woods. Classmates are shocked to find journalist Angie Osborne suddenly dead. The medical examiner’s report isn’t what anyone expects. Oddly, the death scene reminds anthropologist Duncan McCloud of a thovile, a Sri Lankan ritual he’s spent years studying. 

When Duncan’s new employer, a pharmaceutical giant, sends him overseas under shadowy pretenses, and his wife, Dr. Grace McCloud, starts to receive anonymous warnings to doubt everyone and everything, the threads of a sweeping conspiracy begin to unravel. Risking more than their own lives, Duncan and Grace embark on a treacherous journey through occult ceremonies and their own hidden pasts to discover a secret worth killing for. 

In taut, precise language, Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer’s debut novel The Mask Collectors tells a story about deception, the power of belief, and what is left unspoken between husbands and wives.

©2019 by Ruvanee Pietersz Vilhauer. (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Way Too Slow for Me /DNF

Sorry, I stuck with it for 50% of the book, which was a snooze fest for me, just overly drawn out and confusing backround info. I will say that at about the point where I left, there was some action beginning. But by then I just didn't care.

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Great story but ...

I enjoyed the story but wish that the narrator had a more authentic accent when performing the characters in Sri Lanka. I didn’t feel like I was transported there, which was a bit disappointing.
I had some trouble with the believability in the premise of the story and wish that it could have related more to the masks that were introduced.
All in all, though a good listen.

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