Historical Fiction: Resurrection, by Tucker Malarkey


My rating: 3 of 5 stars

British army nurse Gemma Bastion is struggling to recover from the horrors of WWII when her archaeologist father dies in Cairo. She travels there for his memorial service, staying at the home of his closest friend. Very shortly, it becomes apparent that he must have been murdered, and Gemma determines to discover how and why. As she clears out his office at the archaeology museum, she comes to suspect that his work, centering upon ancient papyrus scrolls, lead directly to his death.

Author Malarkey does a creditable job of resurrecting the English colony in late 1940’s Cairo. She also resurrects the themes that drove The DaVinci Code, from that earlier perspective. There’s little new here, and the plot tends to drag in the middle. But Resurrection is an adequately presented novel about a young woman, her quest for truth, her recovery from trauma, and her growing desire to reconnect with humanity and love again. Conservative Christians will probably take offense, but this is a well written version of the historical data that has given rise to so much recent controversy.


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