I picked up this book on the recommendation on the cover that suggests this is better than Dan Brown (DaVinci Code, Demons and Angels). While a decently told story through the eyes of two women connected to each other by divine destiny as well as blood, it simply gets too wound up on itself to be even closely believable let alone purely entertaining. Not to say this isn't a good read - because it really isn't a bad book - but to suggest this is a Dan Brown code breaker, well that's simply preposterous. I probably would have enjoyed the book better if I had been able to get out of my head the thought that this was another DaVinci Code. I think Dan Brown's gendre is quite safe for now thank you very much.
Ms Mosse is obviously well versed in historic France of the 13th century, which shows in her attempts at painting lush tapestries of that era. The problem is, I found her modern world more intriguing and entertaining than the age-old one which revolved around an almost predictable good sister vs. bad sister sibling rivalry that is found in far too many average books today.
Now - having said all this - there are some very good points to this book, the trouble is that they don't crop up until 250 pages in. It is at this point where the author effectively (finally) starts swapping back and forth between 'then' and 'now'. And when the two main stories really gel, the pace does indeed quickens as one would expect. The unfortunate thing is, that by this time, the reader finds themselves wondering whether this one is worth finishing at all. Stick with it and you will be somewhat rewarded with a bit of an action-packed climax and finish, although the ending and epilogue are a bit too much like 'happily ever after' for me along with a couple of unexplained natural events that simply didn't make sense to me at all.
Worthy of a library loan, but definately not worth a purchase.
3 stars at best.