Missing in Machu Picchu by Cecilia Velastegui

Missing in Machu Picchu by Cecilia Velastegui
Publisher: Libros Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (321 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lavender

Machu Picchu shrouds many secrets, visible to those who enter with a pure heart. Only then can one ask the ancient oracles: Will hearts crushed by deception ever heal? And can a heinous sacrifice be stopped in time?

A group of American women decide to take a trip to Machu Picchu in search of inner peace. They have had terrible luck with online dating and hope to be cured of that compulsion and find true love. What awaits them on their journey couldn’t be more unexpected or more frightening.

The seemingly charming Rodrigo will be their guide. He’s devastatingly attractive and pits one woman against the other, vying for his love; but he has dark motives.

Rodrigo is a greatvillain. He’s well developed, as are the two elderly women, Taki and Koyam, descendants of Incas who have lived there all their lives. Taki and Koyam are interesting, and mostly through them the reader is treated to cultural and history lessons of the area. Rodrigo’s helpers are sad characters, and one can’t help but to feel a little sympathy for them, especially the cook, who is just trying to support his family. The American women are presented as selfish, spoiled, and unlikeable. Later on in the novel, they sometimes show a little character growth. Some of their behavior becomes surprising. What will they do next?

Suspense drives the plot, making the story a fast-paced one. Can two old women help four strangers against an evil man with terrible plans in such an isolated area? Anything can happen. Mystical elements add a bit of unpredictability to things.

The setting is beautifully written. Reading about the beauty of the local area adds much to the story. For a novel that’s a change of pace, offering much adventure, this is a good one to check out.

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