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Reviewed by Bernadette Acocella for Readers' Favorite
"Floats the Dark Shadow" by Yves Fey transports the reader back in time to 1897 France. Our tale begins in a dungeon where someone was impersonating the owner of the castle. It appears he unexpectedly found a child, bound with ropes, hanging from the ceiling. The man pretended he was there to rescue the child. After untying the captive child, he led him to another room where the boy found more children. Theodora Faraday is an American artist living in Paris. When she realizes that children she knows are missing, she joins forces with Inspector Michael Devaux in the search for the murderer.
From the beginning of "Floats the Dark Shadow", there is a sense of darkness, suspense and lurking evil. Yves Fey obviously spent much time in research for this book. She successfully captures the essence of the era with its cabarets and the depraved life style that ruled the period. The romanticism of the era will draw in readers, but the need to solve the murders will keep the reader turning the pages. Fey never rushes the plot allowing the story to flow along at its own pace. The characters are vivid and bring out strong emotions in the reader. Knowing that the victims are children is painful and more than a little frightening. "Floats the Dark Shadow" is a murder mystery replete with elements of the occult including a Black Mass and tarot cards. The Black Mass left me more than a little uncomfortable and the gruesome murders of the children left me angry and sad. Fans of dark suspense will not want to miss this one.