Reincarnation seems like a fairly obvious topic for a story, and yet, I can’t think of a single mainstream novel that takes past lives and their repercussions as its theme. That is, except for M.J. Rose’s brand new thriller, The Reincarnationist. Rose, who has brushed against some past lives herself, has crafted a taut mystery featuring Josh Ryder, a photojournalist who starts having “memory lurches” after he is nearly killed by a bomb blast in Rome. Rose deftly introduces details of life in ancient Rome – including fascinating passages on the Vestal virgins – while Josh does his best to sort memory from delusion, and figure out who killed a professor during an archeological dig.
Earlier reviews have compared this book to The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Da Vinci Code. Although certain themes, such as that of love across dimensions, are superficially similar, The Reincarnationist is a thing unto itself.
M.J. Rose has made a name for herself as a master of guerilla marketing, and the best-selling author of erotic thrillers. With The Reincarnationist, she breaks new ground. She may have even invented a new genre – the reincarnation novel.