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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQ (9 Mar. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848455003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848455009
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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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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I have read all of Victoria's books but this one is absolutely riveting - I have read it at every available moment, and the story has captured me like no other book I've read in years. A fantastic story and a must read.
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Lucy needs to get out of London fast, she's involved with a married man and needs to disappear for a while. She finds herself in a castillo in Italy looking after aging Hollywood actress Vivien Lockhart.
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.
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Stunning in every way – the plot, characters, dual time line, hidden secrets, that stunning mansion in the Tuscan hills…the women whose destinies seem to be linked via that place…. I was enthralled throughout and was totally captivated with the twists and turns of the vine like plot which reeled you in and kept me firmly locked inside that house, hearing its every creek, wondering if I would ever see the mysterious owner, find out the mystery of that fountain….

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.
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The author does a very good job of weaving the story back to the 1970s then bringing it back to 2016 without confusing the reader with too many characters which is often the case with a murder mystery. In this regard, it flows beautifully with a fast pace and is easy to follow.

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.
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I started this book thinking in the first few pages that it wasn't for me. How wrong I was. This is a gripping story, impossible to put down which is why I am writing this review at 0235. The many twists and turns kept me riveted, wondering until the very end what was going to happen.
Who cares if Castillo isn't an Italian word? Read the book.
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Sorry, but I found this so bad as to be unreadable, which was a bit annoying as it was more expensive (though still v cheap, I acknowledge) than many better written books. I had to give up when the protagonist allowed the evil sister to ruin her wedding by sabotaging her dress.... no-one can be THAT dim, to leave enemy number 1 in charge of something the protagonist felt to be so important.
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