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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Capturing the shocking and sinister actions of the 1545 Vaudoisian Massacre, Frank Frost mesmerizes his readers with history and fiction entwined. The Grottos of Barigoule is a fictional place, but the story rings true as these Christians were hunted down for their loot and women. Michael is a famous author who enjoys his unique French home with his wife, Nicole. They frequently entertain their American friends, Spencer and Rosalind. One day, Michael stumbles upon a cave while outrunning a crazed boar. Locals downplay the history, which makes the couples more inclined to dig out the truth. Every trail of investigation leads to fires, lies, or death. Even the police inspector and his partner, David Dreyfus, and Leyla Abdelaziz, get caught up in the race for survival. Can the truth be so horrible that it's worth their lives?
I found The Grottos of Barigoule an epic journey through one of France's regrettable historical events. Though Frank Frost weaves fantasy into the story, the mentality of the mercenaries is still disturbing. Trust and friendship between the characters lay the foundation as doubt weaves its way in when an acquaintance is murdered. The pace runs rapidly as every piece of information comes with a price, a life, or danger. The author's ability to give bits of history and a taste for small towns in France makes this an epic journey. The characters come alive as they face their fears and they learn to rely on their unique abilities. I would highly recommend this suspense thriller for those who look for novels outside the norm.