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Now she is starting to find herself and perhaps even a different future than her family wants. The one thing with the story that, unfortunately, is my main problem is that the story is too predictable, there is just no twist to the story, there are no real moments of surprise and that is unfortunate since I quite enjoyed the book.

I think one main problem for me was that I was never really taken in by Nero. I always liked Samuel more, he was just a much more interesting character with his epilepsy and his family's need for him to marry someone with the right name. So, I was never truly moved with the ending. But still I liked the very last chapter, and I would like a sequel to this book. I would love to see what's next for Elina. View 2 comments. Sep 04, Ari rated it really liked it Shelves: netgalley.

This novel is devastating. And lovely. It flows, and easy to follow, warm and somehow holding back some sort of tension that at any moment could explode into a great climax in story. And does explode, beautifully, and sadly. The pace of the novel unfurled little by little, but rather than seem like it dragged, it gave me enough time to get acquainted with rich characters, all hiding something, all holding secrets close to their hearts—and I was dying to know what those secrets were!

The ambience throughout was dark, moody, and not so much creepy as it was depressing; with an underlying tragedy begging to be revealed. I very much enjoyed this read, and even now, it lingers with me. I've given this an A- for narration and a B for content at AudioGals, so I'll leave it at 4 stars here. I have now rectified that situation with The Visitant , which I enjoyed well enough to want to delve into her back catalogue and keep an eye out for future books. But even with that massive hint as to what to expect, I was nonetheless gripped by the story, which is well-written and darkly atmospheric with an increasingly pervasive sense of menace; and which is peopled by an intriguing and strongly drawn set of characters.

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The Visitant: A Venetian Ghost Story by Megan Chance

View all 3 comments. Jun 13, Jen rated it did not like it. The Visitant by Megan Chance I've read two other books An Inconvenient Wife, which was interesting because of the diagnosis of "hysteria" in the 19th c, and The Spiritualist, which was less successful by Chance. I admit to being fascinating by her topics, but have had difficulty liking any of her characters.

Although attracted by the idea of a ghost and the treatment of epilepsy in the 's, The Visitant was Characters--this time I had no feeling of ambigui The Visitant by Megan Chance I've read two other books An Inconvenient Wife, which was interesting because of the diagnosis of "hysteria" in the 19th c, and The Spiritualist, which was less successful by Chance. Characters--this time I had no feeling of ambiguity. Elena annoyed me beyond reason. Almost everything she said or did was lacking in common sense or worse.

Samuel and Nero were just as weirdly ineffective. It is easily predictable from the first chapter, there are too many hints that are too obvious, and nothing "develops"-- everything feels either rushed or forced. I'm not sure if the author was trying for a kind of insta-love romantic triangle or sordid soft-porn; both, I guess. The characters certainly deserved each other. While my feelings about the first two novels by Chance that I read were mixed, The Visitant made me want to wash my brain.

Read in June; Blog post scheduled for August Sep 14, Charlene rated it it was amazing Shelves: ebook , review-request. While the book title already gives away that this is a ghost story, I thought the building of the story was unique in that it didn't seem quite like a ghost story right away.

It helps that the main character, Elena, has her secrets, and the mystery of her past, as well as the severity of Samuel's epilepsy made it possible that there were other things going on in this story.

In that way, suspense is built up quickly, and I found this an engaging read from the start. Elena is a wonderfu While the book title already gives away that this is a ghost story, I thought the building of the story was unique in that it didn't seem quite like a ghost story right away. Elena is a wonderfully rational main character, at first. Her upbringing and society has kept her restrained and proper, but in the setting and decadence of Venice, she becomes more of a woman, and realizes her potential. That character arc is the heart of the story, which made this novel feel more complex than just a ghost story.

Especially when it is juxtaposed with the tragedy of the Basilio palazzo. There is romance in this novel, as well as intrigue, and I thought it was very believable for Elena to fall in love so quickly, but it did feel quick and I was not as comfortable or taken with the romance. I think that was an important aspect of the story though, and helped develop Elena further. The unlikely friendship that bloomed between Elena, Nero and Samuel was a great aspect though - they were a wonderful team to read about - they did not always have trust or an amicable relationship, but their complex interactions brought another level of interest to the story.

The mystery of the ghost gradually became clearer to me as I read, so that the ending was not as much of a surprise as I would have liked. It was solidly set up though, since the conclusion was easily drawn from the facts given. I don't want to reveal too much about the ending though, just that it was well-constructed and believable given the facts. I thoroughly enjoyed this story for the suspense and the character development especially Elena! I received this book from the publisher or author for a fair and honest review.

I was not compensated for this review.

Aug 22, Emily Crow rated it liked it Shelves: historical , kindle-unlimited , read-in , ghost-stories , gothic , italy. I really enjoyed one of Megan Chance's other books, Inamorata , so when this one crossed my path, I happily grabbed it. It's a historical Gothic novel, set in a decaying palazzo in late s Venice, that uses many of the same ingredients of the other book: a supernatural element, a strong theme of sexual longing, the Venetian setting.

Unfortunately, The Visitant was mildly interesting but not particularly compelling. It's a ghost story, a mystery and a love story, and doesn't quite succeed at any of them: the gho I really enjoyed one of Megan Chance's other books, Inamorata , so when this one crossed my path, I happily grabbed it. It's a ghost story, a mystery and a love story, and doesn't quite succeed at any of them: the ghost is not creepy enough, the mystery is predictable, and the characters didn't really have enough chemistry.

But I will start with what I did like. Elena Spiro is sent to Venice to be a nurse to one of her father's old patients, an epileptic with a drinking problem named Samuel Farber. Elena made a fatal mistake at her father's asylum, causing him to lose his position and her without any options besides marrying her boring farmer cousin If she can do that, Samuel's parents will give her and her family enough money to start over. So she is determined to succeed, even though Samuel doesn't want help.

And even though she is stuck in a run-down, mildewing old building with a housekeeper who could give Mrs. Danvers a run for her money. And even though Samuel is either going crazy or possessed by a vengeful ghost. Not to mention she soon finds herself distracted by Samuel's friend Nero, who stops by to check on his progress. The novel was well-written and the setting was well-done. Elena, Samuel and the other characters are all in a situation that leaves them feeling trapped and stifled, and this was conveyed quite vividly.

Megan Chance is a talented writer, even when she doesn't quite hit the mark. As to what I didn't like, it mostly came down to the way Elena was presented. At first, she is a prim and proper young lady who blushes and gets offended by any reference to sex. But then Samuel lends her an erotic book, and after reading a couple of chapters she is completely transformed and having wanton, uninhibited sex with Nero. I just didn't buy it. The change was too sudden, with no hints she'd been struggling with repressed desires before reading the book.


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And one of the sex scenes, while not explicit, was really weird. There were other things that didn't make sense to me, such as why Nero wanted Samuel to recover at the palazzo in the first place, especially before he'd even arrived.

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These quibbles didn't spoil the story--overall, I would give it a solid three stars--but they were enough to distract me as a reader. Recommended for those who love Gothic tales; otherwise, I'd suggest starting with Inamorata. A solid gothic tale set in the late 's Venice. Oct 12, Heidi rated it liked it. Elena despairs to discover that the home she is sent to in Venice to escape scandal, is a rotting ruin.


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  4. Worse, she is met with hostility from the maid and her hostess. Still, Elena is determined to be the best nurse she can for her patient, Samuel Farber, who is recovering from a brutal assault and suffering from epilepsy. If Elena can control his epilepsy and return him to health, she can restore her father's name and secure her future. What Elena doesn't expect is to encounter something sinist Elena despairs to discover that the home she is sent to in Venice to escape scandal, is a rotting ruin.

    What Elena doesn't expect is to encounter something sinister and paranormal, bent on revenge. Will Elena succeed or will Samuel succumb to madness?

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    I loved how Venice served as the perfect backdrop. This was a strong, atmospheric read that drew heavily on the crumbling home, and the dark, filthy canals. If you want a good ghostly mystery with an eerie atmospheric setting, this is one to try. Young Elena has spent her whole life training in the mental asylum where her father works. I enjoyed exploring the views on mental illness and epilepsy and learning more about the methods and drugs used to treat the various illnesses.

    I found the treatments and views on epilepsy especially interesting.

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    Once Elena arrives, she can't shake the feeling that someone or something is watching her. She can't explain the waves of extreme cold, nor the disturbing behavior of her patient. Is it epilepsy or a ghost?