People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

This is a rare find, an intelligently written thriller. People of the Book, crosses continents and centuries and won rave reviews for its Australian-born author Geraldine Brooks.

When Hanna Heath gets a call in the middle of the night in her Sydney home about a precious 600-year-old medieval manuscript that has been recovered from the smouldering ruins of war–torn Sarajevo, she knows she is on the brink of the experience of a lifetime. As meticulously researched as all of Brooks' previous work (including the 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning March and A Year of Wonders), People of the Book is a gripping novel complete with Hebrew scribes, tormented priests, Nazi war criminals and a fabulous heroine in the sardonic Hanna Heath.

Does Brooks deliver? Yes, and with less flash and more substance than Da Vinci. If Brooks becomes the new patron saint of booksellers, she deserves it. People of the Book is not as cinematic as Dan Brown's 2003 religious thriller, but Brooks is a skilled storyteller who also casts a spell of intrigue and evil in which demons feign divinity.” USA Today

Dazzling ... Brooks writing at her very best.” Publishers Weekly.