|Isn’t this the greatest cover?!|
Lovely Vanessa March did not think it was strange for her husband to take a business trip to Stockholm. What was strange was the silence that followed. Then she caught a glimpse of them in a newsreel shot of a crowd near a mysterious circus fire in Vienna and knew it was more than strange. It was downright sinister.
Once again Mary Stewart unfolds a masterpiece of intrigue, terror, and suspense in this headlong-paced tale of a young wife’s search for a missing husband…
“A Tale of breathless excitement against a background of breathless scenic beauty.” ~Cleveland Plain Dealer
I don’t think I’ve read a Mary Stewart I don’t like yet. Another great gothic suspense novel! The book started off a little slow of action but it was concentrating on building the background and relationships. I really enjoyed the relationship that developed between the heroine and the young man she was escorting to his father in Vienna. After finding his father, he and Vanessa went on a wild ride together piecing together the mystery that was Vanessa’s husband and then the mystery surrounding the circus and the Lipizzan stallions.
After solving the mystery of Vanessa’s missing husband Tim and she are pulled into the dangerous world of her husband’s and the mystery that took him to Vienna in the first place. Desperate chases on dark castle rooftops and up dark misty mountains. Wonderful tension and suspense and atmosphere galore! I really hated to see this one come to an end as I was quite taken in with the characters. These three characters would have made a superb series! If your going to pick one Mary Stewart to read I’d say start with this one!
This book counts for Shadowy Figure for the Vintage Scavenger Hunt – Silver Age @ Bev’s My Reader’s Block. That makes 6 for me in the silver age!