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Gyrating, layered plot with a lot of originality,
This review is from: The Prince Of Mist (Paperback)Max and his family of three siblings move to the sea coast during wartime. At the station, however, at his entry to the new place, Max notices that the hands on the clock are moving backwards. There are other strange occurrences. His elder sister, Alicia, becomes brooding and introverted, while his younger sister, Irina, is adopted by an evil-looking cat.
The family's home is by the shore and Max's family is the first to live in it for 18 years, when the doctor who built it in 1925, Richard Fleischmann, lost his only son, Jacob, by drowning when he was aged seven. The doctor died soon after and Mrs Fleischmann soon put up the house up for sale.
Max meets a boy named Roland, who invites him to go diving on a shipwreck of the Orpheus in which his grandfather, Victor, had sailed. Victor has built a lighthouse to protect other ships from the same fate. The three, Max, Roland and Alicia, partake in these the adventures, with spooky tale following spooky tale.
The teens learn about Mr. Cain, who owned a travelling circus, a fortune teller/wish merchant who supposedly died in the shipwreck years ago. He was able to grant wishes, but also as payment, exacted a steep price from his "clients".
There's Roland tale of the Prince of Mist, the shipwreck, the drowning of the small boy. Then Max discovers the creepy and ghostly Garden of Statues near his house, and a graveyard. The statues are circus characters, including a lion tamer, a strongman, fakir, a contortionist all arranged in a star shape - and at their centre is a spooky clown. Max believes the clown's hand has moved whilst he was exploring the garden. He discovers at the clown statue's base a strange symbol: a six-pointed star within a circle. Max and Roland see that symbol again at the bottom of the ocean.
The story follows its path to an ending that I didn't feel was merited, as there was the possibility of debts having been repaid/ unpaid (the reason this is cryptic is to avoid a spoiler).