I’m always a little anxious when I get an email from my editor with “proposed cover” in the subject line. Will I love it? Hate it? Will I have to convince them to go back to the drawing board?
Last week, when I opened the file and beheld this gorgeous cover, I actually gave a sigh of sheer happiness. It’s exactly what I was hoping for, capturing both the timeless and historic nature of my new novel, which is two stories woven in one. One story takes place in current-day Boston, where a lovely violinist is desperate to learn the history of a mysterious piece of music she purchased in a Rome antique store. Every time she plays “Incendio,” her 3-year-old daughter does something violent. Now the woman’s afraid of her own child because she thinks her daughter has transformed into someone else. Someone terrifying. And the music seems to be key.
The second story is told in parallel and set in 1940’s Venice, where a young composer and a beautiful cellist fall in love — only to find their future threatened as the SS seizes control of northern Italy.
Seventy years later, the composer’s waltz “Incendio” will change lives — and alter the course of history.
PLAYING WITH FIRE will go on sale in the US on October 27.