As an avid reader (you should see my book collection!), I am always willing to give different authors a try. When it comes to choosing a book, I look at what the story is about, rather than who actually wrote it.
When the opportunity arose to review The City of Lost Secrets by Katie McVay, I jumped at the chance because this was something that sparked my interest immensely. That was just from looking at the storyline.
So, what did I think of it? Keep reading to find out, it will be worth your while!
When the Talpiot tomb was discovered in Jerusalem in 1980, its unearthing raised a number of questions, as well as controversy among devout Christians. Was it the final resting place of Jesus Christ? Now, nearly 30 years after the tomb was unearthed, novelist Mara Beltane wanted to find out.
Recently divorced Mara had been enjoying a successful writing career, but she started to crave something much more and despite friends and acquaintances being uncertain about her visiting the city of Jerusalem, she pressed on ahead in an attempt to find out more about the tomb, its origin and the inhabitants.
With the help of Dr Uri Nevon, a biblical scholar who had previously visited the Talpiot tomb, Mara found herself experiencing conflicted feelings for Dr Nevon, whilst trying to evade those who wanted to stop her from discovering the truth.
What did I think?
When reading The City of Lost Secrets, I found this had a similar premise to that of The Da Vinci Code, in the fact it referred to the possibility that Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.
This is a book that I could not put down once I started. The characters were memorable and they made me appreciate how far some would go to discover the truth, even if it ended up disproving a longstanding belief.
The dialogue and descriptions of the surroundings, as well as the parts of history being re-told indicates that a lot of research must have gone into writing this story.
Even though the storyline may indicate there could be some romance within it (and in parts, it certainly seems to be heading in that direction), it doesn’t cause the story to stray from the fact there is a mystery to solve.
Overall, I would definitely recommend The City of Lost Secrets and the Kindle edition is available through Amazon for the bargain price of £2.10 / $3.44.