Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery, Suspense
Lovely Vanessa March,
two years married and very much in love, did not think it was strange
for her husband to take a business trip to Stockholm. What was strange
was the silence that followed. She never thought to look for her missing
husband in Vienna -- until she saw him in a newsreel shot there at the
scene of a deadly fire and knew it was more than
strange. It was downright sinister.
Airs Above the Ground was a good read once it got going. Unfortunately or the first 200 pages it was a rather dull story with no real mystery or suspense. The prospect of a woman seeing her missing husband on a newsreel and setting out to find him is what I found interesting about this book and it was probably the main draw, other than the fact that it's written by Mary Stewart and I generally like her writing. However the book's description isn't very accurate. The book's description makes it sound like Vanessa's husband is missing, but he really isn't. He's just seen somewhere other than where he told her he was, or at least someone that looks like him, and Vanessa sets out to Austria to find out if it's really him.
As always Mary Stewart's descriptions are wonderful and there is a lot about the Lipizzaner horses in the book as well which is interesting up to a point. I found myself skimming through the description after a while. The main reason for that is I wanted to get to the meat of the story. Once we finally got there it wasn't hard to figure out what was going on or who the bad guy was and that was disappointing to me. The best part of the book by far was the chase across the castle rooftop. Other than that this one fell flat for me.
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