You will not give me alms.
My life shall be a stel parad.
A numb parade of days.
I curse this place.
Chicago: 1845. I&M Canal gravedigger Enda Hughes buries a hanged man on Suicide Hill. A priest dies of a sudden heart attack.
When a curse is found pinned to the church door from a stranger claiming he was denied alms, it sets off a chain of mysterious events that begin to plague the town of Keepataw.
When the canal foreman alerts Enda to an order of phantom monks seen wandering the cemetery, it calls everything she and her apothecary husband, Keir, know into question.
As revengeful deaths, ancient visions, sinister monks, and visitations from unsettled spirits plague their town, the Hughes and encamping Native American tribe must use their medicine and magic as a barrier to save themselves from the unholiest of brotherhoods.
*** Currently, the novel is a series in development with interested A-list cast and crew, and the TV series format has already received heavy interest from many of the largest producers in the industry.
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Average rating from 20 members
Great book with an interesting story, I had a great time reading it and trying to put the pieces together on my own. Lisa Menzel does a fantastic job of capturing a spooky ominous feel throughout the book, she definitely has a writing style all her own which I really enjoyed. Sometimes there is a little too much focus on atmosphere, so I would recommend this to someone with a fantastic imagination and ability to form mental images, this will work fantastically as a movie/tv series where less time can be spent describing the atmosphere. All that being said it was a great and original story with a persistent gothic feel and I really enjoyed it once I adjusted to her unique writing style, I look forward to more of Lisa Menzel's work. This is a very interesting book with a great idea and story, though it can be a little tough to follow. It's definitely the kind of book you need to give you full attention to in order to avoid feeling lost or confused on what's going on.
Stel Parad is a gothic horror and a detective story woven into one - readers will enjoy trying to solve this supernatural mystery if they are able to overcome its heavy writing style. Menzel's prose is dense and descriptive, reminiscent of writing seen in 19th and 20th century, which at times lends itself to the atmosphere of the book, but at others can be a little dizzying. This novel demands its readers' full attention in order to be properly followed.
This is a dazzling and rich novel that careens from fever-dreams to police drama to exploration of spiritualities and beliefs in min-19th century America. It's a novel to be read slowly and more than once, as multiple readings provide new insights into all of the connections the author makes across the novel's many narrators and events.
I think that Stel Parad by Lisa Menzel is beautifully written and is a very complex puzzle which I had a hard time trying to solve. The story is narrated in first person by multiple characters with complex personalities these include Enda Hughes, Keir Hughes, Yabwe, Nontie Gates, Nanokas and Sugmuk. The events take place after an anonymous person leaves a curse pinned to the door of a church which leads to mysterious events which start to take over the town of Keepataw. I would recommend this book to those who like historical fiction with elements of mystery and supernatural beings. I recieved an advanced copy for free, and this is my honest opinion.