“I think one of the most important functions of art and literature is the way it can help us make sense of or simply cope with our present realities. The Woman in the Castello is about a young actress and single mother who’s cast in a horror movie in 1960s Italy, but at its core, it’s a book about the lengths we’ll go to for family.” ― Kelsey James, via, Publishers Weekly
What booksellers are saying about The Woman in the Castello
- A mystery, some family drama, a romance, all set in a crumbling castle in Italy! Yes please! This debut novel has it all. Read it in a few days and highly recommend.
― Suzanne Lucey from Page 158 Books in Wake Forest, NC | Buy from Page 158 Books
- A crumbling Italian villa with a complicated past of its own seems like the perfect setting for a young actress’s first feature film. When real life starts to mimic the most startling aspects of the horror film being filmed, though, Silvia realizes she may be in for more than she bargained for. The perfect mix of gothic horror, historical fiction, and family intrigue, The Woman in the Castello is a story you won’t be able to put down! Perfect for fans of Rebecca, The Ancestor, and other books with a little more eerie than horror. A must read!
― Beth Seufer Buss from Bookmarks in Winston-Salem, NC | Buy from Bookmarks Books
- Atmospheric and eerie and the perfect way to combat the heat of summer, by hanging out in a damp, dark and crumbling Italian castle in the middle of a movie shoot!
― Jill Naylor from Novel in Memphis, TN | Buy from Novel
About Kelsey James
Kelsey James is a historical fiction author and content marketer whose work has appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, Insider, ABC News, and The Huffington Post, among other outlets. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Creative Writing and Classical Studies, she currently lives with her family outside New York City and can be found online at KelseyJamesAuthor.com.