18/04/2006

The Gabriel Hounds

Although I'm not a fan of thrillers in general, I do enjoy Mary Stewart's writing. This particular novel is set in the Middle East - primarily Lebanon, with some scenes in Damascus - and is fast-paced and exciting.

Christy and her cousin Charles want to visit their Great-Aunt Harriet, a reclusive eccentric known to live in a rather ancient castle in Lebanon, which has become legendary amongst the locals. Their attempts to speak to her thrust them into tension and drama, perhaps a little far-fetched at times but nonetheless enjoyable. It was tense without being terrifying, and from the little I know of the area, quite believable in context. I assume it was set in the 1960s, since it was written in 1967 and has the feel of a contemporary book of the time.

All in all, very enjoyable and worth reading.

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