A tense and atmospheric romantic thriller set in Corfu.
Val Baker, tough but loving, restores musical instruments, but her relationship with her Greek-Italian family on Corfu is broken beyond repair. When she is commissioned by her old friend Alexia to restore a rare giraffe piano, she returns to the island to find her dreams haunted by memories of Hilary, a young English girl raped and murdered 10 years before. Val determines to uncover the truth about the case, and set to rest her own doubts about the involvement of her father, Yiannis, and half-brother, Markos, both policemen who were involved in the original investigation.
Joined by her friend Harry, Val begins to unravel the threads. Then two strange tokens arrive, one for Alexia's daughter Chloe and one for Val, and it becomes clear that Hilary's unknown killer is on Val's trail. Her search for the truth becomes a race for life.
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"The English Daughter," by Lindsay Townsend is a beautifully written romantic suspense
"The English Daughter," by Lindsay Townsend is a beautifully written romantic suspense novel showing the same mastery of the genre as Phyllis A. Whitney in her novel "Hunter's Green".
How do I explain the significance of this style of writing? Scenes so well crafted I can see the characters in my mind's eye. Flowing movement of the players in quiet desperation to escape an evil force that is not fully identified until the very end.
"The English Daughter," is about life and death with a tender romance that heals Val's self-image. The love scenes are tasteful and allow for imagination - they are not the focus of the tale. The mystery of Val's dreams and the unknown killer is the purpose of the telling.
First, I traveled to Corfu in Val's dream - vivid and dark, where she witnesses a crime she could not have seen. Then I arrive in the beautiful Corfu - a place I've never been but feel as though I've been there through the brilliant depictions designed by Lindsay.
Beautiful landscapes, towns and intense sunlight is the backdrop where the crime was committed. Lindsay also uses Val's vocation of piano restorer in the narrative. She weaves the intricacies of restoring wood to its original unblemished state into the healing of her cast.
Why do I recommend this book to all that enjoy romantic suspense? The account of Val's life and travels in the here and now and in her dreams brings fulfillment to me as a reader. All of Lindsay Townsend's work has had this impact on me. Her writing is a reminder to me of why I love reading books. Examing her work now takes me back to the stories I read as a teenager finding ideas of stories I'd like to explore from my Grandma Effie's book of the month club. When yarns were written to engage the reader and take them on an adventure of discovery. "The English Daughter," is a story that appeals to all generations and all genders. I hope you take the time to look up this book and take a trip to Corfu.
I enjoyed the audiobook production of this story as well. The narrator, Michelle Ford, does an excellent job of telling the account. Her voice is very melodic keeping me absorbed in the descriptive tale as I listen to it over and over.