Deep in the heart of London, the Monsalvat Bank is small, secretive, and fabulously wealthy. When Ellie Stanton, an impoverished graduate student, is unexpectedly invited to join the firm, the privileged world they offer looks too good to turn down.
But the bank is more than it seems. Soon Ellie realises that her life belongs to her employers – and they’re watching her every move. For buried in their medieval vaults lies a closely-guarded treasure of immeasurable power – one inextricably bound up with Ellie’s own history.
Now Ellie is in a race against time, hunted by the bank and pursued by her past. Her only hope of escape is to unearth the secret hidden in the vault. But getting in is only the beginning....
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An enjoyable thriller to while away the hours
Yes I would - it was the sort of plot that slowly reeled you in, and left you quietly pondering over the connections. I wouldn't say it is exceptional in its complexity, yet it has a charm and turn of phrase which reaches out to pull you along. You do want to see where the characters are heading, sort out the mystery, solve the puzzles. I may not return to it this year, but I would certainly revisit.
Not one character alone stuck in my mind, as each had reasonably equal places and positions within the plot. The female lead is both endearing and irritating at the same time - and I questioned whether a women would really act like that? Who knows?!! The males were both attractive and repulsive in equal measure, and I felt myself swinging between admiring the charm, despising the control, and pitying the weaknesses.
I could tell you the scene I didn't like - but then that would be giving something essential away!
Not really - I couldn't say it was the sort of story that would drag out your deepest emotions. But it does make you think, not about conspiracy theories, but how our world has been shaped over time, and how powerful stories have always been in our culture.
It is different. It isn't Dan Brown, nor is it going to win major literary prizes - but it is entertaining, and what more could you want with a book from this sort of genre?