Secrecy by Rupert Thomson

Secrecy

Rupert Thomson

This novel is an interesting mixture of love, violence, intrigue and most importantly the search for perfection in art. The setting is post Renaissance Florence in 1691 and the reader will learn much about a period before the Enlightenment. Written with elegance, the atmosphere of danger and persecution is brilliantly conveyed. A real departure from the author's usual style and subject matter.

Extract

I followed him into a long, cold room. Lying on a marbled-topped table was the naked body of a girl, her skin mauve - white and damp - looking. Her hips and ribs were streaked with mud, and weeds had wrapped themselves around her legs. Her hair was an autumnal colour, not brown or red or gold, but somewhere in-between, and a few coiling ringlets had slipped over the edge of the slab and hung halfway to the floor. ... 'A beauty, isn't she?' Pampoloni said.

Parallels
  • Perfume by Patrick Suskind
  • Blood and Beauty by Sarah Dunant

Books with similar mood

Napoleon: The Song of Departure

Max Gallo

Mercy

Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Painted Bridge

Wendy Wallace

Year of Wonders

Geraldine Brooks

The Tapestries

Kien Nguyen

Punishment

Anne Holt

The Fire Sermon

Francesca Haig

The Collector of Lost Things

Jeremy Page

Spear of Destiny

Daniel Easterman

Freedom Hospital

Hamid Sulaiman

Life Drawing

Robin Black

Theodora

Stella Duffy

The Chapel at the Edge of the World

Kirsten McKenzie

Bitter Fruit

Achmat Dangor

The Inquisitor

Mark Allen Smith

House Divided

Raul Ramos y Sanchez

Nanjing 1937: A Love Story

Ye Zhaoyan

Wide Eyed

Ruaridh Nicoll

The Feast of the Goat

Mario Vargas Llosa

The Lizard Cage

Karen Connelly

The Killing Jar

Nicola Monaghan

Diary of the Fall

Michel Laub

Pachinko

Min Jin Lee

An Honourable Man

Gillian Slovo

Firebrand

Gillian Philip

Califia's Daughters

Leigh Richards

Broken Bodies

Sally Emerson

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

The Religion

Tim Willocks

Labyrinth

Kate Mosse

The White Lioness

Henning Mankell

When Trouble Sleeps

Leye Adenle

The Book of M

Peng Shepherd

Smoke Portrait

Trilby Kent

Wolf Totem

Jiang Rong

Lost

Lucy Wadham

The King

Kader Abdolah

Dream Machine

Will Davis

Wormwood

G P Taylor

Beneath the Lion's Gaze

Maaza Mengiste

Blue Eyes

Hema Macherla

The Possessions of Doctor Forrest

Richard T Kelly

A Palace in the Old Village

Tahar Ben Jelloun

The Rapture

Liz Jensen

The Information Officer

Mark Mills

The Trespass

Barbara Ewing

22 Britannia Road

Amanda Hodgkinson

Hinterland

Caroline Brothers

The Ruins of Us

Keija Parsinnen