“Jen M said: 3 stars
Awash in grief over the loss of her husband, Triana is soothed first by her beloved Beethoven and then by the mysterious musician that stands outside her house to serenade her. She is shocked to discover that Stefan is not what he appears, on many levels, and that he means not to comfort her, but rather to drive her mad. She journeys far, both physically and emotionally, to resolve her sorrows and to find peace for both of them.
This was a really difficult book for me to like at times because it spent so much time discussing the emotions invoked by the violin. I understood that this was the point of much of the book, but it did get tedious at times and became hard to maintain focus. Thankfully, once the first 150 pages or so had passed, the story picked up and became much more interesting to me. It still lagged in sections but it was interesting enough that I was able to finish the book without throwing it against the wall, which is what I did with the only other Anne Rice book I've ever read.
Kristal said: 4 stars
Triana Becker seems to live a life full of pain, suffering and death. And music. There is always music. Mozart, Tchaikovsky, but most importantly, her little mad German, Beethoven and his Ninth Symphony. These things bring her to meet a violin player-a ghost-whose own tragic life seems to run parallel with her own. Together, they embark on a journey that leads them through modern New Orleans, nineteenth-century Vienna and finally Rio de Janiero for their finale. True to her reputation, Anne Rice has filled this novel with supernatural, gothic content. Anne Rice skillfully describes pieces of music, and the emotions associated with them.