My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I suspect this book will be a bit like marmite for readers; they will either love it or hate it. I fall well and truly into the first category.
I loved that the origins of this book are found in the true life story of Italian medium Eusapin Palladino and that Schmicker managed to include wording from the newspaper reports and scientific reports of that time period. Schmickers story follows a young photographer making his way in the world, and how he came across his first big break “Alessandra, the medium”. He quickly gets caught up in her drama from her mafia hubby, troubled childhood and of course her psychic phenomenon. Can she really do all the things she claims with no tricks? Tomasso sets out on a journey to prove just that.
With charming enigmatic characters, a fantastic selection of scenery and travel descriptions and an ever intriguing plot, this story truly is the definition of a page turner.