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Book Beat: Labyrinth

Book Beat: Labyrinth

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This book just didn't do it for me. I wanted it too. I truly did. I had heard it called a Da Vinci Code for women, but I think that's an insult to my gender. This is not to say it's terrible. It is 500 pages, and you know I like a meaty read, but it's written in 13th century period writing in half the book, and the stilted language is off-putting.

Plus, for reasons I'm not sure I'll articulate well here, it feels like a romance novel. There are no heaving chest scenes, but it just feels shallow to me. People fall in love too easily. The relationships don't ring true. Maybe that's because part of the book is fantasy. It's a search-for-the-holy-grail story where characters can live for hundreds of years.

I think that may be the problem. The book doesn't know what it is. Is it a period romance novel, a modern-day whodunit, a Da Vinci grail type story? At times it feels like all three to me in the space of a few pages.

I have to give a lukewarm recommendation, and that because I should admit I wanted to see what happened in the end, to the bestseller from Kate Mosse - Labyrinth.

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