The Distant Hours: Ancient secrets trapped in a stone castle

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton From the first pages, readers are captured by the dark tale of the Mud Man, the book within the story. It has all the haunting charm of a Gothic novel, a house wherein lie the: “stones of Milderhurst Castle, beneath whose skin the distant hours were whispering, watching.”(452) It…

“The Swan Thieves”: An artist and the mysterious object of his obsession

The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova Robert Oliver, a divorced, middle aged painter who tries to stab a painting of “Leda and the Swan” at the National Gallery of Art. Andrew Marlow, his new psychiatrist, who can learn nothing of Robert’s past from the silent man himself, leaving the doctor to question Robert’s ex-wife Kate,…