Having read Victoria Fox novels in the distant past, I was intrigued to find out that The Silent Fountain was a change in direction for this author. I enjoyed those scandalous ‘beach reads’ and the author’s writing style so how would that compare?
The Silent Fountain publishes 9th March and today, I’m excited to be sharing my review with you as part of the blog tour. You are going to be hearing about this novel a lot …
Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQ (9 Mar. 2017)
Beneath the surface lies a terrible secret…
Hollywood, 1975: Tragedy sends troubled film star Vivien Lockhart into the arms of Giovanni Moretti, and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister, and learns that dark shadows haunt her new husband’s past…
Tuscany, Present day: Everyone in London is searching for Lucy Whittaker – so Lucy needs to disappear. But her new home, the crumbling Castillo Barbarossa, is far from the secluded paradise it seemed.
Across the decades, Vivien and Lucy find themselves trapped in the idyllic Italian villa.
And if they are ever to truly escape its walls, they must first unearth its secrets…
It’s so hard to write down my thoughts because I loved The Silent Fountain. Where to start …
The format is brilliant. Lucy’s first person narration beginning in London 2016 and arriving in Italy had my head buzzing with questions. My questions didn’t stop there. This is a story that keeps you continually thinking, questioning and trying to work out the anomalies. Vivien’s third person narrative takes us back to 1972 to when she is 16. I was already hooked because of Lucy and her dilemma but Vivien grabbed my emotions and didn’t ever let go. I was hungry to find out what was happening in those days from the 70s leading us to present day. I wasn’t disappointed. Victoria Fox leaves us hanging in suspense at the end of each narration and I’m so glad I read this during half term because it’s a novel I just couldn’t put down, still continuing to read into the early hours of the morning! You think you have it sussed when another layer comes unstuck and something you believed is a fact is not a truth at all. Perfect pacing and timing.
Relationships. This is a love triangle with a difference. I thought Vivien’s relationship with Gio was toxic (co-dependent) but that was nothing compared to what else is going on. I was mistrustful of Max in Lucy’s life because when we find out something it’s obvious he’s lying … but is he? Gilbert is a low life and Isabella – well I guess I’m supposed to feel sorry for her but I don’t. And as for James. He deserved something more vile than what Lucy did. I’m going to use that word again. Perfect characterisations.
I liked the contrast between the settings. You can feel the past of Castillo Barbarossa seeping out of the walls and into your pores. So much darkness. It’s a living and breathing entity and in a way, a supporting character looking for resolution.
There’s no way you can finish The Silent Fountain without tears in your eyes. Poignant. The end. The beginning.
Following her huge success as one of the UK’s leading bonkbuster authors with total sales of over 150k, The Silent Fountain marks a permanent change in editorial direction for Victoria Fox. With its spectacular setting and deep emotional drama, The Silent Fountain will appeal both to fans of her backlist, as well as lovers of atmospheric gothic writing including Daphne du Maurier, Kate Morton and Lucinda Riley.
Formerly a commercial women’s fiction editor at Little Brown, Victoria Fox is now a full time novelist and author of six books including Hollywood Sinners, Temptation Island, Wicked Ambition, Glittering Fortunes, Power Games and The Santiago Sisters.
Victoria grew up in Bristol where she went to boarding school and now lives in the countryside nearby with her husband and one year old daughter.
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