A supernatural tale with realistic characters and a historical twist readers won’t see coming.
DiGiacomo’s debut novel is an ambitious affair. Though the bulk of the story takes place in present-day America, the tale weaves its way through a historical context that dates back to the Revolutionary War. It begins with two seemingly unrelated flashbacks: one to a supernatural event that took place during the American Revolution; and the other, a flashback to modern-day America, six weeks before the present day, where animal activists have interrupted a secretive chemical delivery of enriched plutonium-239. Once the story begins in earnest, readers meet everyman Al Campo, who at first doesn’t seem like he’s connected to the events. But as plot threads begin to intertwine, Campo uncovers a conspiracy that threatens not just him, but the entire world. In addition to offering a thrilling mystery, DiGiacomo’s novel deftly laces in romance. Though described as a beautiful woman, Domeni is, by DiGiacomo’s design, not an archetypal damsel in distress. More so than Campo, she’s a delight to follow, and readers will catch on quickly that there’s more to her than meets the eye. Despite these wonderfully developed characters, the book feels a bit overextended, especially since it takes a while for the plot to set its wheels in motion. However, readers who can stick it out through the first 100 pages or so will be treated to a thrilling story complete with supernatural elements, historical ties and plenty of exhilarating moments that will keep pages turning. The novel may not tackle hard issues, but its winding plot and exhilarating conclusion make for a great summer read.
With incredibly high stakes and memorable characters, the slow start doesn’t hamper this riveting tale.