Title: The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession
Author: Charlie Lovett
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5
Peter Byerly hasn’t been able to get over the death of Amanda, his wife, and he has secluded himself in the English countryside, unable to deal with his grief. On an impulse, he wanders into a rare bookstore, and is shocked to find a portrait of his wife in the pages of an old book. But it was written in Victorian times; it can’t be Amanda. So who is this woman, and why does she so uncannily resemble the woman Peter still loves? That simple question will take Peter across the country and put his life in danger, as a centuries-old mystery comes into play.
The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession is a novel written for book lovers, first and foremost. Those who find solace within the pages of a book will sympathize with Peter’s loneliness, with his complete inability to navigate a world without Amanda in it. Lovett does a great job fleshing out the love story between Peter and Amanda through flashbacks; readers will come to mourn her, just as Peter does, a life cut too short. With skill and dexterity, Lovett works in the mystery behind the true identity of Shakespeare, taking the reader seamlessly back and forth through time. It’s a testament to the author’s writing skills that, though there are many jumps in time over the course of the The Bookman’s Tale, the narrative never feels jarring or out of sorts. Those looking for well-developed characters and a solid mystery will likely enjoy this novel.