The Silent Fountain Paperback – 9 Mar 2017
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‘Fox is a huge literary talent and this new novel is by far her most impressive to date.’ – Heat
‘Feverish, claustrophobic and superbly written, this tale – a new direction for Victoria Fox – draws heavily on Rebecca and Jane Eyre. There is more than one terrific twist and the clever cliff-hanger chapter-endings will keep you compulsively turning the pages.’ – Daily Mail
‘This Gothic like Romance is atmospheric and oh-so readable’ – The Sun on Sunday
‘An entertainingly escapist adventure’ – Sunday Mirror
‘Victoria Fox’s Story will keep you enthralled… A story of mystery and past secrets certain to keep you guessing to the very end’ – The People’s Friend
‘A gothic thriller about a love triangle gone wrong. Dark and feisty; we love it.' – Now Magazine
‘dripping in atmosphere [and] mysteries abound' – Yours Magazine
‘The queen of fun and romance.’ – The Lady
About the Author
Victoria Fox divides her time between Bristol and London.
She used to work in publishing and is now the author of 6 novels.
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Top Customer Reviews
Vivien's story begins in America in 1976 when she meets Gio, an Italian doctor and his mute sister Isabella. Gio asks Vivien to marry him and move to Italy. Vivien doesn't trust Isabella who she thinks is manipulative and dangerous, but Gio wants Vivien to give Isabella a chance because she had a traumatic childhood. The story follows how Isabella tries to undermlne Vivien at every turn and how Gio sides with his sister until a terrible tragedy occurs.
Vivien has become a recluse and Lucy needs to help her overcome the secrets of the past for them both to move on with their lives.
It was an intriguing and heartbreakng story with several twists. It was an excellent read which I highly recommend.
I’ve never felt so excited about a novel unravelling in a long while…that house had me captivated and entranced like I’d been mesmerized, hypnotised even. What is Vivien’s link to that house and why does Lucy find there? Why is Lucy welcomed by a maid who seems to lock everything away and hide even the owner from sight? OMG I wanted to know but all I could see were the vines, the cold gothic turrets of that house..when Lucy dared enter one of the rooms she was not allowed to venture into, I held my breath…… I could see the corridors, feel the tension, smell the fear and wanted to help Lucy dig those secrets out. Vivien especially had that allure from the start and her time in the house and her struggles were some of the most tense moments which shocked and made me gasp out loud. I found myself almost shouting out advice and the odd ‘ She’s behind you!’ so vivid was the tension and fear. This was no pantomime however – but real tension and a story being played out where you as the helpless readers was held there, hynotised by the flicker of each page….
I loved this book – it reminded me of the times where as a child, the world slipped away, the trees seemed to wrap their branches around me, the walls of my bedroom dissolved and where I was in that gothic place, seeing characters come to life and step from the pages.Read more ›
There are many twists and turns and just as you think you know where it's going there is a complete surprise.
The characters are real and convincing. I didn't know whether to love or hate Vivien Lockhardt regarding the relationship she has with her new sister-in-law Isabella. Sometimes I despaired at Vivien's insecurity and obsessiveness towards Isabella who adores her brother Gio to distraction after being the only survivor in a small boat when her parents drowned.
When Isabella's brother Gio falls in love with Vivien, the Hollywood starlet, things start to heat up with the ménage a trois. It is clear that Isabella despises Vivien especially when Gio and Vivien are married.
Gio's work as a doctor takes the three of them to Italy where they take up residence in the Castle Barbarossa that once belonged to Gio's brother. Isabella's obsessiveness towards her brother is equally matched by Vivien's obsessive desire to wish that her sister-in-law would just go away.
Gio feels very protective towards his sister but he doesn't see her in the same light as Vivien. He optimistically believes things will settle down between the two of them, but things only get worse.
Fast forward to the present day and Lucy Whittaker makes a hasty retreat to Italy from London after a torrid love affair that has driven her lover's wife to suicide. She takes a cleaning job at the Castle Barbarossa where Vivien Lockhardt lives in seclusion. The castle is cold and eerie.Read more ›
Who cares if Castillo isn't an Italian word? Read the book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loving the new direction that V Fox is taking. Still great and griping writing but showing that she can do something completely different too! A great read and highly recommendPublished 1 day ago by Giselle Smith
Loved how the story unfolded x all the secrets that can came out - a must for fans of Kate MortonPublished 4 days ago by Julie Mc
Easy to read, with some unexpected twists and turns at the end. First book I've read from this author but will explore others now too. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Rootie
It's not often I get into a book but this one I read in no time now looking for ones the samePublished 6 days ago by pauline roach
Fantastic, emotional read. I couldn't put this book down. Full of twists and heart ache this is definitely a book you need to read. You wont regret it.Published 7 days ago by alex louise twitchett
Victoria Fox is perhaps best known for writing sizzling bonkbusters with a hint of mystery that always provide such an escapist read. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Em
Lucy needs to get out of London fast - the papers haven't caught up with her yet but when the news of her affair breaks she doesn't want to be around and so when the opportunity of... Read morePublished 17 days ago by MISS S A COLES