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  • A spectacular debut!

    The Book of Speculation captured me from the very first sentence with beautiful language and a uniquely crafted family tale. I wanted to stay in both Simon and Amos’ worlds a bit longer, if only to experience Swyler’s uncanny ability to enchant me with her words, much like Evangeline enchanted those with her presence. Everything had a touch of whimsy and danger with each turning page, and after page 60 or so, I finished this book in one sitting. The building upon the family mystery was done so masterfully that I spent my entire Sunday afternoon gripped to the book until I knew Simon and his family’s fate. At times, I found the flashbacks to Amos to be more gripping, just because of the beautiful and terrifying backdrop of the carnival. Though, as I reached the end when Simon discovered at an alarming rate that his sister might be the next to share the same fate as his ancestors, I enjoyed looking through his eyes again. As a big fan of Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, I found the comparison natural. I would encourage those who have not read The Book of Speculation to greet it with an open mind and heart, and let the story of carnival mermaids and family secrets whisk you away for a calm Sunday afternoon. “Once you’ve held a book and really loved it, you forever remember the feel of it.”

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  • Pleasant Surprise

    The novel brings to light how the past affects the lives of the characters introduced in the first chapter. The story is rounded out with every other chapter going from past to present; I found myself grievous at the end of every single chapter as each story, which is really one, was so interesting. This made for a compelling read, which I thoroughly enjoyed and left my family feeling slightly neglected for a day or two.

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  • Amazing, wonderful book!

    This the story of a man searching out his ancestors to find a way to end a curse. The story jumps back and forth to the origin of his family to the present. Sounds confusing but it isn't. I loved all the characters. They all had interesting lives. I didn't want the book to end. If I could give it 10 stars I would. I will most definitely re-read this book.

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  • Compelling

    Bought it because it was on sale. Was not expecting to be in tears before the end. It hit a nerve, in a good way.

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  • Something Special

    One of the most unique and interesting books I have read in quite some time. Sometimes dark, sometimes mystical but always encouraging the reader to continue.

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