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The Shadow of the Lynx: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Feb 1998
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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--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
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.