The Silent Fountain
by Victoria Fox
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: MIRA (October 31, 2017)
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 her new husband’s past holds dark secrets…
Tuscany, Present day
Lucy Whittaker needs to disappear. But her new home, the crumbling Castillo Barbarossa, is far from the secluded paradise it seemed. Strange sounds come from the attic. The owner of the house will never meet her in person.
The fountain in the courtyard is silent—but has never run dry.
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…
I’ve never told my family anything about my life, and the more personal it is, the more precious and the less willing I am to share it.
Sometimes she pictures the materials of this house, the solid wood and hard marble, the cool stone, absorbing every thought and feeling her body has expelled. If she squeezes the drapes, tears will seep out, like the wringing of a cloth; if she scratches the stairways, secrets will plume and curl in a thin ribbon: grey smoke.
He looked like a prince who had lived for a thousand years and never aged a day. His skin was marble, lightly tanned by the LA sun but harbouring the deep, permanent colour of foreign blood. She imagined him living in a forest, surrounded by sky and leaves.
Vivien knew that Isabella was multifaceted, but even she was impressed at the dazzling persona that now charmed Gilbert Lockhart like a snake winding through grass.
It felt like a long time that I was standing there, and that the rest of the café was transfixed. In reality, it couldn’t have been more than a few seconds and nobody else cared.
I was quickly sucked down the rabbit hole with this well-crafted and superbly written tale and didn’t want to surface until I reached the heart-squeezing conclusion. The Silent Fountain proved to be a tantalizing treat that was irresistibly intriguing and maddeningly paced. This was my first experience reading Victoria Fox’s unique form of genius but I expect her to become a habit, as she is a master storyteller who certainly knows how to captivate and maintain the reader’s attention as well as tease the imagination with anticipation and misdirection. I was engaged, immersed, and taut with tension. I loved it! I was fascinated by the alluring and mysterious characters and was deeply embedded in the eerily compelling storyline and found myself becoming increasing conflicted as I neared the conclusion. I was anxious and eager to solve the mystery yet I didn’t want the tale to end. Victoria Fox is an evil genius and has diabolically mad skills and an instant fangirl!
Victoria Fox is a bestselling author in the UK. She used to work in publishing and is now the author of six novels. The Silent Fountain is her breakout novel in North America. She divides her time between Bristol and London.
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