The Bottom Line: This is the third book in a series; each book pays homage to a literary classic. This dark installment plays off Bram Stoker's Dracula. Although I have not read the previous books, Shepherd includes plenty of back story so the reader does not feel lost.
This book got off to a slow, smoldering start as I adjusted to the writing style. The story jumps back and forth between different points of view and times. However, the book is full of mystery and intrigue. Shepherd has braided together the elements of superstition, science, and classic literature to create a gripping suspense that I couldn't put down. With the paranormal twist and Gothic mood, this book will appeal to fans of historical fiction. A word of caution though...this tale is not for squeamish readers.
Details: The Pierced Heart: A Novel by Lynn Shepherd. Hardcover published by Press in 2014. 256 p. ISBN: 978-0-345-54543-5 NOTE: I received a free copy from Press in exchange for an honest review. This was made possible via the Early Reviewers program at .