In 1924, the English mountaineer Ashley Walsingham dies attempting to summit Mount Everest, leaving his fortune to his former lover, Imogen Soames-Andersson - whom he has not seen in seven years. Ashley’s solicitors search in vain for Imogen, but the estate remains unclaimed.
Nearly 80 years later, new information leads the same law firm to Tristan Campbell, a young American who could be the estate’s rightful heir. If Tristan can prove he is Imogen’s descendant, the inheritance will be his. But with only weeks before Ashley’s trust expires, Tristan must hurry to find the evidence he needs.
From London archives to Somme battlefields to the Eastfjords of Iceland, Tristan races to piece together the story behind the unclaimed riches: a reckless love affair pursued only days before Ashley’s deployment to the Western Front; a desperate trench battle fought by soldiers whose hope is survival rather than victory; an expedition to the uncharted heights of the world’s tallest mountain.
Following a trail of evidence that stretches to the far edge of Europe, Tristan becomes consumed by Ashley and Imogen’s story. But as he draws close to the truth, Tristan realises he may be seeking something more than an unclaimed fortune.
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Haunting, but not in a good way
I liked the historical detail - it seemed to be well-researched. He can obviously write.The worst thing is the ending. It makes all the hours of listening seem futile.
He could have done a great deal of editing, made the relationship between Tristan and Merielle more believable and given us a proper ending.
The narrator seems to be very confused about accents. The first person character writes with an English accent but speaks and writes postcards etc with an American accent. Weird and disconcerting. He gives all French characters comedy 'Allo, 'Allo accents, even when they are speaking their own language. Who decides this stuff - is it up to the individual actor?
Hollywood would NEVER make a film with such a sketchy ending - they'll probably make it but change the ending. I can't imagine i'd go.
Don't think, when you get to the end and have re-listened to several chapters, that it's YOU that isn't smart enough. This is a shameful way to end a book.
I Cannot Recommend This Book - Verging on Dreadful