Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring The Forgotten Pharaoh by Laura DeLuca.
About the book: Some secrets are meant to be buried.
Julie Gerber isn’t thrilled to be pulled out of school her senior year to follow her parents halfway around the world to unearth a lost pyramid. However, when the cute British guy and the mysterious financier of their project both fight for her attention, things start to get interesting.
The pharaoh known as Djedefre was cursed for the murder of his eldest brother. The work of the archaeologists brings new secrets to light, ones that prove the fallen god-king wasn’t the villain history had painted him to be. Can they prove his innocence?
As the team digs deeper into the mystery, members of the party vanish or end up dead. Someone is determined to keep the truth hidden at all costs, even 4,500 years later.
My review: This was a book I was waiting to read after my wife endorsed it, and it didn’t disappoint.
As a huge ancient history and mystery fan, so this was right up my alley. This is going to sound truly nerdy, but my favorite scenes were the ones in ancient Egypt. If there’s a complaint I have is that there weren’t more of those, but that’s strictly my opinion and they perfectly augment the modern day story following Julie and her group.
I have to admit, Julie annoyed me at times, but not in a bad way. She reminded me of what I was like as a teenager. The underlying story, and reason she was in Egypt, was because she made the mistake of going too far when trying to impress some friends. It’s something we’ve all dealt with at some point, and added a layer of depth to her character that transcends time.
I thought the author did a phenomenal job tying everything and everyone together at the end. The idea that we remain with our loved ones through the centuries in one form or another is comforting to a degree. I’d go into greater detail, but I’d get into spoilers.
The story was well written and easy to get into. I really enjoyed the mystery of the curse as people near the expedition started turning up dead. It added an element that I wasn’t expecting and thoroughly enjoyed it. I wouldn’t have minded to see it drawn out a little more, but since it was a sub plot, I didn’t mind at all.
Overall, this was a fun ride, and I’m looking forward to continuing to read more books by the author.