(Descriptions from Goodreads)
The Orpheus Descent by Tom Harper, review at A Fantastical Librarian
Would you pay the ultimate price for the ultimate knowledge?
I have never written down the answers to the deepest mysteries, nor will I ever... The philosopher Plato wrote these words more than two thousand years ago, following a perilous voyage to Italy -- an experience about which he never spoke again, but from which he emerged the greatest thinker in all of human history.
Today, twelve golden tablets sit in museums around the world, each created by unknown hands and buried in ancient times, and each providing the dead with the route to the afterlife. Archaeologist Lily Barnes, working on a dig in southern Italy, has just found another. But this tablet names the location to the mouth of hell itself.
And then Lily vanishes. Has she walked out on her job, her marriage, and her life -- or has something more sinister happened? Her husband, Jonah, is desperate to find her. But no one can help him: not the police and not the secretive foundation that sponsored her dig. All Jonah has is belief, and a determination to do whatever it takes to get Lily back.
But like Plato before him, Jonah will discover the journey ahead is mysterious and dark and fraught with danger. And not everyone who travels to the hidden place where Lily has gone can return.
I have listed these titles in earlier SSS posts: check out my SSS Books Page for links to more reviews:
The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu, review at My Bookish Ways
Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin, review at Once Upon A Time
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, review at Fantasy Book Critic
Written in Red by Anne Bishop, review at The Ranting Dragon
Special Needs In Strange Worlds at Bookworm Blues