Author: Patricia Nedelea
Pages: 409 (Ebook)
Release Date: May 21, 2016
Source: I bought this book myself, but received payment in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion towards the book.
Isa was a Parisian party girl who thought she had nothing in common with her parents. And then she finds out that she was adopted and that her mother, Mara, had just woken up from a coma. However, when Mara dies in front of her, Isa becomes determined to find out more about her and, most importantly, discover who her father was. Unintentionally, she also finds herself searching for twenty-four ancient tarot cards that hide the world’s greatest secret. Nevertheless, there are others looking for exactly the same thing. Suddenly, Isa finds herself in a dangerous quest that might cost her life and the life of those she cares about, but she won’t stop until she divulges four important stories.
“Constant Guests”, a debut novel by Patricia Nedelea, was an action-packed novelthat kept me gripped to the pages. I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next! One could get a bit lost in this book as the action is constantly jumping between characters, places and eras that appear to have nothing in common. There are new clues constantly showing up but, although it all seemed so confusing at first, little by little the pieces began fitting together and the puzzle was finally completed. And let me tell you – what a puzzle!
Nevertheless – and I most warn you that there are spoilers ahead – I just wasn’t expecting the “two worlds connected by a passage” thing. That was a major, unexpected plot twist! After following Isa and Mark as they travelled through Europe, retracing Mara’s steps and trying to make sense of the information they found, I expected the conclusion to be something more realistic. Not that the ending didn’t make sense! In fact, it seemed that there could be no other outcome, but I thought that a bit more foreshadowing should have been given throughout the book. The reader only learns of this other world in the last quarter of the book as if the information had just fallen from the sky. I wasn’t expecting it at all, but maybe that was the writer’s goal – leave the reader absolutely speechless. It also annoyed me when Isa tried to imagine the actions of her mother and her feelings such as when Mara decided to smash her car against her pursuers. The way Isa described it as if she was really seeing it was a bit off-putting. Additionally, I was really tired of wondering who Ty and the nameless woman were and what the hell where they doing in the story. Glad that was all settled in the end though.
Despite these issues, I really liked “Constant Guests” and I absolutely recommend it. The constant suspense, the use of real historical characters and the images of the ancient tarot cards gave an entirely new depth to the story. This book was ingeniously planned out and I would definitely enjoy reading a next one. I was left with SO MANY QUESTIONS that need answering!