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By: Dianah Chorlton

The Vanishing of Venice

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Every day, like the pigeons it’s famous for, Saint Mark’s Square is flocked by tourists, visitors from every corner of the world, all desperate to indulge in the ancient city of Venice’s flamboyant history, with its enchanting maze of cobble-stoned alleyways and romantic winding canals, dappled with shiny gondolas; naïve tourists, oblivious that their days were numbered as Venice floated along a path to destruction. The apocalypse was nigh. Only three days to go. Natural forces had been released. Already the weather had changed. The humidity was oppressive. Venomous storms brewed. Dark forces stirred. Hidden behind the walls of Saint Mark’s Basilica, a ‘brotherhood’ of priests, driven by the insane demands of their Holy Father, had arisen to take revenge upon the invasion of tourists.

Dianah Chorlton was born in Adelaide, South Australia. She now lives with her English-born husband, Robert, along the picturesque coastline of Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Practising as a Natural Therapist, she conducts her healing treatments from home to a faithful following of clientele.

Customer Reviews
19 reviews
19 reviews
  • Pamela

    Really enjoyed this book! Got me in - careful and detailed descriptions of churches, palaces, secret beaches, personalities etc are very very good. Could almost smell it!! An interesting and great read.

  • Michele

    Dianah’s Chorlton has written a book rich in the description which does Venice justice. The reader learns a lot about this beautiful city and it is clear that she is well-acquainted with it. The characters have their own secrets which we discover throughout the novel. The story brings the 3 levels (church and the brotherhood, the city, and its tourists) together in an exciting, climactic ending and leaves the readers to draw their own symbolism.

  • Beverley Lovell

    Wow! What a read this book was for me. Sometimes I wanted to put it down because it just too in-depth for my liking. (Especially at this current time regarding trusted priests and innocent boys.) But at other times I just couldn't put it down because I felt it just had to get better, and it did.


    Ms Chorlton has captured the mayhem and tension created by the Brotherhood in the ancient city of Venice perfectly and in a very descriptive way.
    The ending brings chaos to the characters and the beautiful city and has a very realistic feel. A great read and am looking forward to her next book.

  • Barbara

    The Vanishing of Venise touches on some of the dark things that happen in life. I read it quickly, I wanted to know what happened to one of the characters who was real for me.

  • Bonnie Jeffrey

    Dianah Chorlton's characters became real, I found myself pondering on whether I would have killed off Jason if I was the author, and I won't spoil it for you by telling you if Dianah died. This book reminded me of my strict Catholic schooling with nun's and their God who punished the sins, so for me, it was about feelings, and so I will remember reading it.

  • Hedy Pardey

    If you have been to Venice you will be able to visualize many places in this book. If you have not been to this unique one of its kind city, then I urge you to see it before it may disappear. 'The Vanishing of Venice' is a collage of many layers of story": the tourists, the church and priests, the Gondoliers each have a story, which then becomes entwined in each other. It is a galloping romp. Once you begin reading you may find it hard to put down as the story rolls along and gathers speed just like a tsunami. Dianah Chorlton knows how to capture her audience and keep them riveted until the end.

  • Andrea Park

    One wonders what exciting thing is going to happen next in this book - I read it really quickly. A great read!

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