October has so far been a month of chaos. I keep picking up and putting down The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox. Not because the story is uninteresting, mind you.
The Silent Fountain is a tale of two timelines–2016 and the 1970s–with Vivien Lockhart and Lucy Whittaker, their respective protagonists.
The story begins in 2016 with Lucy Whittaker’s mysterious circumstance and later flows back and fourth to the 1970s. Honestly, I felt all those foreshadowing of Lucy’s circumstances a tad bit dramatic. Back in the 1970s, the story starts when Vivien Lockhart was 16.
I relished that the story progressed without dawdling on unnecessary descriptions or details.
In 2016, in addition to the protagonist, we meet Belinda (otherwise known as Bill, or was it Ben?), the vodka-offering best friend, James, an old flame, Max, a friend and possible love interest and several others.
This part of the story did not have much hold over me. It was not intriguing.
In the 1970s, we are introduced to Gilbert–the father of our protagonist, Vivien– Johnny,–the turning point–Gio,–Vivien’s husband–and Isabella–the sister-in-law–among others.
This part of the story, on the other hand, was intriguing. Some revelations when it came was a bit underwhelming however, I must say, I did enjoy it more than the story taking place in present time.
As for the characters involved in the story, most of them were either short-lived or had short appearances that I couldn’t actually form proper feelings towards them.
I wondered how anyone could be so blind to a truth so obvious a blind man could tell it but since I have some experience with this, I know it is possible for people to be so oblivious. It is like the saying, I don’t remember the actual words but it roughly translates to, Even the blind man may see one day, but a man who pretends to be blind will never be able to see ever.
Although The Silent Fountain may have some stereotypes and cliches, I like the story.
Goodreads Insert: Something terrible happened here…
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 her new husband’s past holds dark secrets.
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…
The Silent Fountain
Published 9 May 2017