The Cloisters, a review by Shelley

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THE CLOISTERS
Katy Hays

Simon & Schuster Canada, Atria Books
Publishing November 1st, 2022
320 pages

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This was a slow burn of a novel but it worked well with this story. This book was an education and a very interesting one at that, you can certainly tell that the author put a lot of research into writing this story. I don’t normally read this type of book but my goal for 2022 is to step out of my comfort zone and am I ever glad I did as I really liked this. It is very dark and has a gothic atmosphere. I liked the take on women’s friendships and the fact that Ann is just coming into her own in New York City. All the characters are well developed but Ann really shone in my eyes. And of course, the setting was a character too.

The writing style will keep you turning the pages, it was so beautiful, lyrical, and intelligent. The mystery of the whodunnit almost feels secondary to the character’s relationships, especially Ann and Rachel’s, and it still caught me by surprise. I especially enjoyed the tarot card storyline and found it to be completely unique and so very interesting. If you enjoy books with a dark academia theme, literary suspense with gothic vibes, murder, and a mystical feel you will find plenty to like about this one.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an Advance Readers Copy.

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