Aphrodite's Smile

Aphrodite's Smile

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A novel of romantic suspense, set on the beautiful Greek island of Ithaca, from the author of STILL WATER When Robert French travels to the Greek island of Ithaca after his archaeologist father goes missing, he meets Alex, a young woman in search of her roots and the truth about her grandmother's exile from the island sixty years earlier. Gradually it seems possible that there is a link between an ancient treasure that Robert's father spent many years searching for and the tragic events surrounding Alex's grandmother during the Second World War. But the beautiful tranquillity of the island is deceptive. Suddenly Alex vanishes, and Robert is embroiled in a desperate search, for the woman and for the solution that had evaded his father. To find the truth he must come to understand his own past and learn to face the troubled relationships that have dominated his life. Atmospheric, tense and compelling, this blend of classical myth with ancient and recent history creates a memorable and thrilling novel.show more

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 164 x 236 x 40mm | 739.35g
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0007181523
  • 9780007181520

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THE SNOW FALCON: 'Harrison is set to become a literary star' Mirror 'Harrison's first novel is an accomplished [mix] of Kes and The Horse Whisperer' Mail on Sunday 'A heartfelt story by a distinctive new voice' Paullina SimonsSTILL WATER: 'From its eerie opening...to the tension-charged denouement, we are smoothly sucked in to the tale...On one level, the book is an old-fashioned thriller in the best sense, its meticulous plot full of suspense and red herrings. But in a neat subversion of the mystery genre...this smart, absorbing novel also grapples subtly with the idea that things are rarely black and white...even with murder, things are not always what they seem.' Daily Mailshow more

Author information

Stuart Harrison was born and grew up in England. He lived in New Zealand for many years before returning to England to write his first novel, THE SNOW FALCON. He has now settled back in Auckland with his wife and two sons, where he writes full time.show more

Review Text

Set on the Greek island of Ithaca, Stuart Harrison delivers a novel perfect for holiday reading. Robert French, a fledgling London property dealer jets out to Greece to discover what has happened to his missing archaeologist father. Once he has arrived he not only becomes involved in a hunt for Nazi treasure, but also finds himself romantically entangled with a young English woman, Alex, who needs to discover the mysterious truth about her Greek grandmother. As you might guess, the two stories are connected and their dangerous search for the truth about the past means that Robert and Alex are forced to examine their own identities and family relationships before they can resolve how they feel about each other. An appealing mix of thriller and love story, Aphrodite's Smile is an absorbing adventure which uncovers past crimes and passions. Though the first few chapters are a little slow in setting the scene and layering the first strands of the plot, the tension soon builds up nicely. Aphrodite's Smile is a thoroughly enjoyable read which will have you yearning to visit Ithaca, the unspoilt fabled home of Odysseus. (Kirkus UK)show more

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