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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Letters From Federica is a work of fiction in the mystery and interpersonal drama sub-genres and was penned by author Suzanne Mondoux. The central character is Leo Orsini, who in his youth had a very passionate and loving affair with our titular character Federica. When tragedy strikes and their young love is ruined, Leo moves on through the years and finds love and success again, but he can never quite leave behind the sensation of losing the love of his life. A series of letters from Federica brings him back to explore the truth about her disappearance, and the unfolding mystery reveals a lot more than Leo bargained for as tragedy seems to loom for him too.
Author Suzanne Mondoux has crafted a superb and highly involved mystery tale that plays out a realistic drama alongside a truly suspenseful plotline where past and present collide. One of the great strengths of this novel is its commitment to a deep involvement with the emotional arc of the central character and his relationships within the tale. I really admired the narrative style in allowing us to become very intimate with Leo and understand the way he is so haunted by Federica’s fate, and the letters offer an interesting addition to the narrative which shifts the tone and atmosphere in an artful way. What results is a layered work which is much more than first meets the eye, and overall I would certainly recommend Letters From Federica to readers who are seeking a suspenseful drama read with plenty of mystery.