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The Progeny by Tosca Lee

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Emily Jacobs is the descendant of a serial killer. Now, she’s become the hunted. 

She’s on a quest that will take her to the secret underground of Europe and the inner circles of three ancient orders—one determined to kill her, one devoted to keeping her alive, and one she must ultimately save. 

Filled with adrenaline, romance, and reversals, The Progeny is the present-day saga of a 400-year-old war between the uncanny descendants of “Blood Countess” Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time, and a secret society dedicated to erasing every one of her descendants. A story about the search for self filled with centuries-old intrigues against the backdrop of atrocity and hope.

✱ Pages:  336 (e-copy)
✱ Series: Descendants of the Blood Countess #1
✱ Publication date: 24 May 2016
✱ Provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

So the premise: this girl gets taken to a little house, she has all she needs, but no memory.
My first thought was - what would be so bad you have to erase your memory, all of it? I knew I had to read this, because that question would not leave me alone.

Intense and Addictive

An enjoyable thriller filled with twists and turns, the Progeny focuses on Emily who wakes up after a surgery, having no memory of her life before that day. However, the life Emily has forgotten may be the key to unlocking secrets many would be willing to pay for in blood. The reader is really invested in the story right from the beginning, because you are in the same boat with Emily - you have no idea what is happening or why.

Elizabeth Bathory and Secret Societies

The plot is based on the idea that Elizabeth Bathory - whose history and legend are touched upon in the story - passed on something to her descendants. A vaguely magical quality that gives the descendants certain unique abilities. The bloodline is still going strong but there are some secret societies involved who seem to disagree on how to treat the Progeny.

Who Do You Trust When You Can't Remember Your Own Name?

Ultimately, the Progeny is an exciting story about one woman's attempt to protect those she loves, and to recover some of what she has lost - her memory and her identity. The tension is high, as are the stakes, and the reader never quite knows who to trust. A good read especially for those who love conspiracy theories, stories touching upon historical detail, or a little bit of the supernatural.

Intense and fast-paced thriller with some history and romance thrown in.
Just to warn you - this one is planned as a duology, and there's a bit of a cliffie!
Can you imagine a situation where you'd want to lose all your memories?! Who would you trust? Are there any thrillers you'd recommend?

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