Completed on: 07/06/2016 Review Rating: 5 stars! Reviewed By Maria Beltran for Readers’ Favorite The Black Madonna by Linda Lee Kane is a fast paced page turner that involves a conspiracy within the Catholic Church. Luci de Foix loses her parents in a suspicious car accident and ends up in an orphanage. She is later adopted by her maternal grandparents, who also both perish in a fire. Switching between the 1100s and the present time, the novel also tells the story of Esclamonde. A diary, which hides a codex written by Thomas, one of the apostles of Jesus, is given to Luci by a mysterious young man. When a monk leaps to his death as he tries to get the manuscript from Luci, she decides to decode the secret of Esclamonde’s diary herself. And as she discovers her true identity, a conspiracy also unravels that touches the heart of the Vatican. The Black Madonna is a fast paced thriller that provides an informative and entertaining escape as the reader goes through a mix of religious and historical elements dating back to the height of the conflict between the Catholic Church and the Cathars in the 1100s. That the main plot itself happens in contemporary time adds a unique twist to the story. Young and vulnerable, there is something about Luci that is easy to like as she unwittingly puts her life in danger to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Esclamonde’s diary. As the plot thickens, Luci finds herself in the center of a conspiracy where she cannot trust anyone, not even the only living person on earth that is closest to her. The Black Madonna is certainly a book that will keep your night lamp burning.