Simon Watson, a young librarian, lives alone on the Long Island Sound in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.
One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon’s grandmother. Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before fate deals its next deadly hand.
~description from goodreads
I believe I had some misunderstanding when I started this book. I got confused between the titles Dept. of Speculation and The Book of Speculation. I had read some good reviews of the former and promptly requested this book for review. Long after reading half way through this book and finally abandoning it did I realized my mistake and I totally don’t regret abandoning this one.
The Book of Speculation starts as a story of a librarian who gets sent an antique book with his grandmother’s name in it and about the mystery behind the presence of her name in it. Later it just turns into a dark and gloomy mystery related to an old house, a traveling circus, his sister who read tarot cards and people who hold their breath under water.
I am not into tarot cards and the story seems to be revolving around it. And it was turning dark and gloomy as I read further. Finally I didn’t see a point in pursuing my effort further and left it.