Book Review: The Ancestor by Danielle Trussolini (HarperCollins-William Morrow)

A couple months ago I tried out a book box called My Thrill Club, which for pretty cheap ($19), you get two books a month, and you can decide between mysteries, thrillers, or horror. I hate mysteries, but I had never really given horror a chance. I recently discovered I was good at writing horror, so I figured I should read more of it. In the box came the book The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni.

Danielle Trussoni is a bestselling author and columnist. She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association, and she currently has five books published.

The Ancestor by Danielle Trussoni is a horror novel about a woman who learns that she descendants from nobility in the Northern Italian Alps, and she travels there to claim her inheritance. But that inheritance comes in the form of dark secrets…


I am new to the horror genre, so perhaps it is an acquired taste, but this book fell low on my expectations.


I did think the writing style was good and the aesthetics of a gloomy haunted castle was on point. I also enjoyed the short venture into the mythology of Alps creatures—perhaps I would have been more enthralled if it kept more to mythology horror.


Instead, a lot of the horror dealt around genetics and genetic disorders which in my mind is distasteful and dangerous territory.
The voice of the book seemed to go back and forth between a fond recalling or terror in the present without making up its mind.


A lot of what I would consider horrifying for a person was skimmed over while other things had more weight pressed on them.


Kidnapping is almost justified. Almost.


Plus, I felt like I had to suspend all belief when she magically produced breast milk without having been pregnant.


Again, I am new to the horror genre so I don’t know if these are conventions that I just don’t like or I just really didn’t like this book. I suppose I’ll have to read other horrors to find out. All in all, I gave this book two stars.

By myadventure2017

Writer, Reader, Bookstagrammer, Booktoker, Blogger

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