by Jeanne Kalogridis
Marisol Garcia is the daughter of a “conversa”, a Jewish person who was coerced into converting to Christianity under the threat of death, and it is the beginning of the Spanish Inquisition. Shortly after her mother, who was born Jewish, drowns herself in the river rather than be subjected to torture, Marisol’s father marries her off to a neighbor who is a lawyer working for the Inquisition in exchange for a guarantee of her safety. This book follows the subsequent death of her father in the torture chambers, and her discovery that almost nothing in her life is as it seemed. She begins to learn the truth about her heritage and her new husband, as well as the fiancé who she thought had rejected her. This book had me staying up late to find out what happened next, but the ending felt a little rushed – almost as though the author had been given a limitation to finish the book within the next 100 pages or be sent to the dungeon. In spite of that, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more historical fiction by Jeanne Kalogridis.