Freemasonry, Dying, and Corruption in The Bronte Code by Michele Carter

After having fun with and reviewing the biography ‘Charlotte Brontë’s Thunder’ by Michele Carter, I discovered her newest fiction entitled ‘The Brontë Code’ equally entertaining. ‘The Brontë Code’ acts as a wonderful introduction to the intricate code elaborated on within the non-fiction, and presents biographical background to reinforce our understanding of the well-known nineteenth-century Brontë household.

In a thriller that echoes components of ‘The DaVinci Code’, Carter’s model of homicide, mayhem, and secret societies entails Freemasons, anagrams, and historical rituals buried deep throughout the Brontë novels.

When the story opens within the present-day, Lucy Owens, a struggling journalist from San Francisco, has made her option to Haworth, within the north of England, to go to the Brontë museum and to immerse herself within the native surroundings. Whereas within the village, Lucy’s absorption of Brontëana lends a slight dissonance to her musings when she learns she shares a number of odd, life coincidences together with her favourite Brontë sister, Charlotte. Nonetheless, she roams the moors to retrace the steps of her literary muse with the hope that she is going to join together with her personal expertise as a novelist.

Her journey begins throughout a day ramble among the many heather and harebells. Haunting cries and the picture of a person (Heathcliff?) draw her to an deserted farmhouse the place she discovers a physique. The lifeless man is Danny Cowan, and his ancestry hyperlinks again a number of generations to the 1840s when the Brontë fictions have been first revealed.

Lucy’s curiosity drives her to research the homicide, which leads her on to ‘Jane Eyre’ and ‘Wuthering Heights’. Her attraction to Charlotte and the unusual similarities of their lives create an extra pull past easy curiosity. The undercurrent of a mysterious power, whereas scary, permits Lucy to crack a secret code that is been hidden in plain view for over 100 and sixty years. Is Charlotte guiding her to even deeper secrets and techniques?

A homicide thriller is just not full with out {the catalogue} of potential suspects. In ‘The Brontë Code’, a number of characters could possibly be implicated within the dastardly deed. The villagers favor to maintain their secrets and techniques to themselves, and our lady sleuth should break via their veneer of civility to discover a killer. She discovers a companion-in-arms in Sarah Chadwick, a neighborhood whose perception in a Brontë conspiracy principle permits the village people to dismiss her as an odd duck, however Lucy finds her information of historical past and Freemasonry invaluable.

An extra focal point is whether or not a romance is brewing between a long-time resident and Lucy. The one drawback is, nevertheless, that her love curiosity would be the man who killed Danny Cowan.

At roughly 300 pages, ‘The Brontë Code’ is the proper learn over a summer season weekend. The thriller and intrigue saved me flipping to the subsequent chapter, and the charmingly quirky characters present occasional comedian reduction. The novel is a colourful mixture of previous exploits intertwining with up to date occasions, and presents the reader with an interesting lead-in to the extra scholarly ‘Charlotte Brontë’s Thunder’. Your degree of enjoyment is just not predicated in your degree of data of Brontë lore or literature: each books assume you understand nothing, however by the tip you’ll know a fantastic deal.

Source by Neave LeBlanc

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