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Summary: From the author of the New York TimesÂ bestselling novel Labyrinthcomes another haunting tale of secrets, murder, and the occult set in both nineteenth-century and twenty-first-century France. I n 1891, young LÃ©onie Vernier and her brother Anatole arrive in the beautiful town of Rennes-les-Bains, in southwest France. TheyÂve come at the invitation of their widowed aunt, whose mountain estate, Domain de la Cade, is famous in the region. But it soon becomes clear that their aunt IsoldeÂand the DomainÂare not what LÃ©onie had imagined. The villagers claim that IsoldeÂs late husband died after summoning a demon from the old Visigoth sepulchre high on the mountainside. A book from the DomainÂs cavernous library describes the strange tarot pack that mysteriously disappeared following the uncleÂs death. But while LÃ©onie delves deeper into the ancient mysteries of the Domain, a different evil stalks her familyÂone which may explain why LÃ©onie and Anatole were invited to the sinister Domain in the first place. More than a century later, Meredith Martin, an American graduate student, arrives in France to study the life of Claude Debussy, the nineteenth century French composer. In Rennesles- Bains, Meredith checks into a grand old hotelÂthe Domain de la Cade. Something about the hotel feels eerily familiar, and strange dreams and visions begin to haunt MeredithÂs waking hours. A chance encounter leads her to a pack of tarot cards painted by LÃ©onie Vernier, which may hold the key to this twenty-first century AmericanÂs fate . . . just as they did to the fate of LÃ©onie Vernier more than a century earlier.
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