The Cloisters by Katy Hays

The Cloisters
.ePUB, 307 pages
Expected Publication: 01 Nov 2022
By: Simon & Schuster Canada, Atria Books

About The Book:
When Ann Stilwell arrives in New York City, she expects to spend her summer working as a curatorial associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Instead, she finds herself assigned to The Cloisters, a gothic museum and garden renowned for its medieval art collection and its group of enigmatic researchers studying the history of divination. Desperate to escape her painful past, Ann is happy to indulge the researchers’ more outlandish theories about the history of fortune telling. But what begins as academic curiosity quickly turns into obsession when Ann discovers a hidden 15th-century deck of tarot cards that might hold the key to predicting the future. When the dangerous game of power, seduction, and ambition at The Cloisters turns deadly, Ann becomes locked in a race for answers as the line between the arcane and the modern blurs.

My Review:
This was a slow burn of a novel but it worked well with this story. This book was an education and a very interesting one at that, you can certainly tell that the author put a lot of research into writing this story. I don't normally read this type of book but my goal for 2022 is to step out of my comfort zone and am I ever glad I did as I really liked this. It is very dark and has a gothic atmosphere. I liked the take on women's friendships and the fact that Ann is just coming into her own in New York City. All the characters are well developed but Ann really shone in my eyes. And of course, the setting was a character too. 

The writing style will keep you turning the pages, it was so beautiful, lyrical, and intelligent. The mystery of the whodunnit almost feels secondary to the character's relationships, especially Ann and Rachel's, and it still caught me by surprise. I especially enjoyed the tarot card storyline and found it to be completely unique and so very interesting. If you enjoy books with a dark academia theme, literary suspense with gothic vibes, murder, and a mystical feel you will find plenty to like about this one.

Many thanks to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada, Atria Books, and Katy Hays for the giving of the ARC.


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