Set in Venice, Italy, All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes is a dual-timeline historical fiction novel that moves back and forth between Sabastien’s story in 1807, and Daniel’s story in 1904.
Filled with description and historical detail, it is obvious the author researched Venice extensively. However, while there seemed to be a sense of urgency for Daniel to solve the story’s riddle, I felt that urgency was somehow lost amid all the description and detail.
Dykes drops clues to Sabastien’s story from the beginning of the book, but I felt those clues were often obscure. Several times I went back in the book to figure out the meaning or importance of certain references. By the end of the book, the mystery of Sabastien and Daniel’s story is solved.
For readers with more patience, All the Lost Places may be just what they need.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest review, which is exactly what I gave.
Have you read this book? If so, what was your impression of it?
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