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The Shadow of the Lynx [Paperback]

Victoria Holt
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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2 July 2007

Set in the wild Australian gold country and a gracious English mansion, this is a story of violent emotions, of great injustice and a grudge which lasted a lifetime.

When Nora Tamsin arrives in Australia she finds herself under the guardianship of the powerful, terrifying, and irresistibly fascinating Charles Herrick, known as the Lynx.

Everyone around her seems to be obsessed with the search for gold; an obsession so compulsive that it drives people from their homes to destitution, and even to death.

Stirling Herrick wants it because his father did; and the Lynx himself seems determined to find it if only to exact some kind of revenge.

Caught up in a violent world where life is held cheaply, Nora is both intoxicated by the gold rush climate and overwhelmed by the power of the mighty Lynx. Unable to desist, she becomes involved in his murderous schemes, returning to England, and to Whiteladies House.



Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; New Ed edition (2 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007235534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007235537
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 368,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“For a good escapist read Victoria Holt never disappoints.” Netta Martin, Annabel

“The book moves at a cracking pace, and is highly readable. A must for Holt fans.” Birmingham Evening Mail

“It is a robust story, full of violent emotions, love and hatred.” Grimsby Evening Telegraph

“A novel of absorbing interest.” Aberdeen Press and Journal

“A story of love, hatred and high drama that will appeal to all Miss Holt’s fans.” Coventry Evening Telegraph

About the Author

Born Eleanor Alice Burford, Victoria Holt was one of Britain's most prolific writers of historical romance. Always determined to keep her birth date and private life a closely guarded secret Holt wrote under many pseudonyms – Jean Plaidy was one of her most popular, and was created when she lived near Plaidy Beach in Cornwall. Having written over ninety historical romances, she then began a new series of Gothic romances, the first of which, Mistress of Mellyn, appeared in 1961. The Shadow of the Lynx was first published in 1971 as part of the same series. She died at sea in January 1993, somewhere between Greece and Port Said, Egypt.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A change from the norm 10 Sep 2010
Format:Paperback
I've read a lot of Victoria Holt's books, but since even libraries no longer have them and they are largely out of print, I now get them mainly on ebay. However I was pleased to find a fairly recent edition of this one in an independent bookshop recently, and found it reasonably enjoyable, and refreshingly different from her other books.

For a start, this one benefits from having two narrators, and as such, two female heroines instead of the usual one. All the usual VH ingredients are there - a character (in this case two) that you care about, interesting locations and a slightly zany plot.

Secondly, in this book the author dispenses with her usual outrageous plots and instead we get a storyline that is much more believable but just as compelling.

The only negative (and it's a sizeable one, sufficient to downgrade from 4 to 3 stars)is that it's very hard to believe that anyone in Nora's or Stirling's positions would act as they do. The relationships are just too complex, too contorted. Furthermore, the vilain is so predictable. I won't say more on this so as not to spoil the suspense for anyone new to the author. It wouldn't spoil it for those used to her books, though, because it's so obvious.

All in all, a good safe bet for anyone who has enjoyed some of her other works. For anyone who hasn't heard of her, she also wrote under the name of Jean Plaidy.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Misfit TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Thomas Tamasin spends his life chasing rainbows and leaves his daughter Nora firmly ensconced at school as he chases the biggest one of all and heads for the gold fields of Australia. He soon dies and leaves Nora in the care partner/employer Charles Herrick - also known as The Lynx for his dominating personality. Charles's son Stirling arrives in England to escort Nora to Australia, but they make a curious stop at a country estate called The Whiteladies (named for the nunnery it had been at one time) and Stirling seems to have a strange interest in the estate and it's inhabitants. Stranger still, when Nora arrives in Australia the Herrick home is a copy of Whiteladies.

Nora soon discovers that The Lynx has a mysterious past of his own, falsely accused of theft in England and deported to Australia as a criminal. As the Herrick family's fortune increases it leads them ever closer to the obsession of Charles - enacting financial havoc on those he blames for his false conviction. Nora and Stirling return to England with Stirling bent on completing his father's plans for revenge. They soon insert themselves into the lives of the residents of Whiteladies as Nora fights to stop Stirling before his lust for revenge destroys all their lives.

Whew, that's more plot description than I care to give but there's not much on the product page. I found this book a bit slow paced at times and a tad too predictable, especially the murder attempts on Minta. I also found the alternating POV's between Sara and Minta in the latter part of the book quite distracting. A nice comfort read for a rainy day - it's a good book, just not a great one. 3/5 stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book 24 Feb 2008
By Inga
Format:Paperback
I have red many of VH books (not all yet) but this one stands out! I was positively surprised - the characters were complex and interesting, turn of events surprising and not very traditional for VH books... I liked the sparkling dialogues and main heroine Nora. Some people in their reviews were critical, especially because of complicated love relationships in the book, the comments were that it was unconvincing. But I find that on the contrary - more close to the real life were very rarely true love comes as "I met, I fell in love and lived happily ever after..." I enjoyed the book very much. My only comment /wish would be that the character of Franklyn would be revealed better otherwise in comparison with other characters in the book it was flat and boring.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two versions of this book 4 Dec 2001
By Lynn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I purchased a copy of Shadow of the Lynx in England some 30 years ago. I really enjoyed reading it. Unfortunately I misplaced my copy. Years later I purchased a copy of it at a flea market in Australia. Unfortunately I was disapointed as this copy was the original version. The version I enjoyed was the rewritten version and is a far superior story than the original. I purchased a copy in Canada second hand and again it was the original version also. If you every chance upon the rewritten version and have read the original buy it as it is really worth the read.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best VH books 24 Feb 2008
By Inga - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have red many of VH books (not all yet) but this one stands out! I was positively surprised - the characters were complex and interesting, turn of events surprising and not very traditional for VH books... I liked the sparkling dialogs and main heroine Nora. Some people in their reviews was critical, especially because of complicated love relations in the book, the comments was that it was unconvincing. But I find that on contrary - more close to the real life were very rarely true love comes as "I met, I fell in love and lived happily ever after..." I enjoyed the book very much.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victoria Holt at Her Best! 25 Sep 2003
By Brittany - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When I first started reading this book, I was bored, but by the time I finished it, I loved it! Nora's mother abandoned her, and her father died mysteriously in search of gold in the Outback of Australia. Her guardian, the Lynx, sends his son, Stirling to fetch her and bring her back to Australia. On their way out of England, they "accidentally" stop by Whiteladies, and old castle inhabited by a young lady, Minta (isn't that at pretty name?), her parents, and her governess. From there, they go to Australia. Once there, Nora meets Lynx, seemingly half-man, half-god. She also finds strange coincidences between the estate in Australia and Whiteladies, including the name. Nora finds herself in the middle of a feud. If her life isn't already mixed up, she must also choose between Stirling or Lynx.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eh, well every author has an off-book day don't they? 9 Jun 2009
By Misfit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Thomas Tamasin spends his life chasing rainbows and leaves his daughter Nora firmly ensconced at school as he chases the biggest one of all and heads for the gold fields of Australia. He soon dies and leaves Nora in the care partner/employer Charles Herrick - also known as The Lynx for his dominating personality. Charles's son Stirling arrives in England to escort Nora to Australia, but they make a curious stop at a country estate called The Whiteladies (named for the nunnery it had been at one time) and Stirling seems to have a strange interest in the estate and it's inhabitants. Stranger still, when Nora arrives in Australia the Herrick home is a copy of Whiteladies.

Nora soon discovers that The Lynx has a mysterious past of his own, falsely accused of theft in England and deported to Australia as a criminal. As the Herrick family's fortune increases it leads them ever closer to the obsession of Charles - enacting financial havoc on those he blames for his false conviction. Nora and Stirling return to England with Stirling bent on completing his father's plans for revenge. They soon insert themselves into the lives of the residents of Whiteladies as Nora fights to stop Stirling before his lust for revenge destroys all their lives.

Whew, that's more plot description than I care to give but there's not much on the product page. I found this book a bit slow paced at times and a tad too predictable, especially the murder attempts on Minta. I also found the alternating POV's between Sara and Minta in the latter part of the book quite distracting. A nice comfort read for a rainy day - it's a good book, just not a great one. 3/5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 22 Aug 2013
By May L. Armstrong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Victoria Holt at her best, I had a hard time putting the book down. I read the book years ago, and it was like reading it for the first time. I have always been a fan of hers, she has never written a book I didn't like.
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