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OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Genre: Mainstream, General Mainstream Fiction
The details from the life of Mary Shelley and her classic horror novel, Frankenstein, add depth and richness to Rendell’s story that explores ambition and the dark side of science. By blending mystery and intrigue with a dash of romance, the book’s plot is engaging.
Clara Fitzgerald’s career has been on hold while she follows her longtime fiancé, an ambitious geneticist, around the country. As he gets closer and closer to a major breakthrough in his research and has less time for Clara, she begins a search to prove her family’s connection to Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein.
She is not alone in her search, asking her unreliable sister and a Shelley scholar for their help in discovery the writer’s lost journals. In time, Clara understands the danger of her fiancé’s ambitions, but she is unable to save him. However, as many women have before, she finds the strength to go on and find a new love. (NAL, Sep., 336 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: M.H. Morrison
Published: September 2010