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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,512 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Fiona Paul Narrator: Kathleen McInerney Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Secrets of the Eternal Rose Series Release Date:
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Beauty, romance, and mystery intertwine in this seductive and stunning debut novel.

Cassandra Caravello has everything a girl could desire: elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, invitations to the best parties, and a handsome, wealthy fiancé—but she longs for something more. Ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon the body of a murdered woman—with a bloody X carved across her heart—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of secret societies, courtesans, and killers. She soon finds herself falling for Falco, a poor artist with a mischievous grin … and a habit of getting into trouble. Will Cassandra find the murderer before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Deftly balancing beauty and death, Venom renders the canals of Renaissance Venice frightening and irresistible.”

    Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade series

  • “The Venetian setting is well chosen for its beauty and mystery, and Paul writes some wonderful, lush descriptions in her debut novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Venom is awash in the aura and mystery of Renaissance Venice with its shadowy canals, water-logged structures, and unique traditions and history…Cass moves among the many worlds of Venice in this debut drama…which will fascinate and compel readers until its all-too-soon final page.”


  • “Wonderfully sinister and thrillingly romantic, Venom has it all—secret trysts in graveyards, Venetian canals, murdered courtesans, and masquerades! Fiona Paul has created a lush, compelling mystery I couldn’t put down.”

    Jessica Spotswood, author of Born Wicked

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Gigi | 2/10/2014

    " ARC. Nothing in this story held my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Holly | 1/20/2014

    " Good concept and I loved the scariness of the mystery with the lush setting of Venice. Got a bit long in spots but overall I did enjoy this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jane | 1/19/2014

    " This was so disappointing-- the historical points aren't always right. The book has no plot resolution. I definitely will not read the rest of this series. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Ashley | 1/14/2014

    " had some really interesting aspects, but the ending was a little disappointing. "

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