Review: ‘The Book of Blood and Shadow’ by Robin Wasserman

Review: ‘The Book of Blood and Shadow’ by Robin WassermanThe Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
Published by Alfred A. Knopf on April 10th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Historical, Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Format: Hardcover
Source: bought in-store
It was like a nightmare, but there was no waking up.  When the night began, Nora had two best friends and an embarrassingly storybook one true love.  When it ended, she had nothing but blood on her hands and an echoing scream that stopped only when the tranquilizers pierced her veins and left her in the merciful dark.

But the next morning, it was all still true: Chris was dead.  His girlfriend Adriane, Nora's best friend, was catatonic. And Max, Nora's sweet, smart, soft-spoken Prince Charming, was gone. He was also—according to the police, according to her parents, according to everyone—a murderer.

Desperate to prove his innocence, Nora follows the trail of blood, no matter where it leads. It ultimately brings her to the ancient streets of Prague, where she is drawn into a dark web of secret societies and shadowy conspirators, all driven by a mad desire to possess something that might not even exist. For buried in a centuries-old manuscript is the secret to ultimate knowledge and communion with the divine; it is said that he who controls the Lumen Dei controls the world. Unbeknownst to her, Nora now holds the crucial key to unlocking its secrets. Her night of blood is just one piece in a puzzle that spans continents and centuries. Solving it may be the only way she can save her own life.

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Nora’s caught in a journey to find out the truth about her best friend Chris’ death. Not only is she tries to find out who his murderer was but she also seeks out her boyfriend Max who seems to have disappeared. Caught in a web of lies, secret societies and even more murder, Nora can only depend on herself.

To be honest, the first 150 pages bored me. I was a little confused as to which part was the present and who all the characters were until the narration was explained in detail. But I prowled on because I had to give it a chance. So many questions left to answer and I’m a curious person with needs. Oh this curious person was definitely satisfied after reading the entire book.

As soon as Nora’s best friend Chris died, I knew I was looking at a book that reminded me of The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. A murder starts the tale off, and as all good books go, the mystery has yet so many questions to answer. I love this book! It had a lot of intrigue with just the right amount of sleuthing by the main characters to earn a four star rating.


They fight because they have to resort to faith. If there were one truth, one single answer, there’d be no more fighting. (294)

The best lies, the most believable lies, are mostly truth. (352)





  1. Sarah Corbin

    November 15, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    great review!!! This book sounds interesting!!!

  2. Jaime Lester

    May 24, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code. I love puzzles and cryptic messages, trying to solve them before the characters in the story. So, this one is appealing to me. I think I need to put it on hold at the library and give it a try. And oush through to page 151!

  3. Grace Lo

    January 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    I’ve read a couple of Robin Wasserman’s books and while some did bore me a little with its jumpiness, there are those that weren’t bad. When I get around to it, I hope that I enjoy it like you did, and not get put off by the first hundred pages c:

  4. Ari

    April 27, 2012 at 2:45 PM

    I plan to read it soon, as I’ve heard many great things about it. It is good to know that even thought the beginning is slow, it gets better.
    Happy midnight reading!

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