I read this book as a teenager and it was wonderful. I have fond memories of how exciting it wasto read. They made a movie starring Halley Mills which was ok but didn't do the book justice.
This is the first Mary Stewart book I read and still one of my favorites. She is magic!
This is truly one of the classics of romantic suspense. No overwrought scenes, throbbing hearts, or gory murders, just a steady escalation of tension interspersed with enchanting descriptions of Crete's natural beauty. Stewart was a magician at describing a scene and her heroines are all brave and resourceful (if perhaps a tad submissive for today). The understated attraction between Nicola and Mark is just right for this story.
This was the second book that I read by Stewart. Like the first, I found it rather slow in terms of action. However, it kept my interest and I did finish it within 2 days. I liked the main female character, enjoyed the descriptions of Crete, and, generally, thought it was a charming book. The only other thing that bothered me was the way in which the "male interest" in the book behaved. He seemed rather sexist to me. However, the positive thing was that Nicola (main female character) also noticed this, and called him out on it a few times. Which I thought was wonderful to see, especially given the date this book was published and the age of the author.
All in all, I'd read more by the author.
I really liked this story, but (oh you knew that was coming) she sure does ramble on about scenery and such. It got very distracting and so I skimmed the parts that were her raptures of the cretian country and just stuck to the plot. I am certain that the descriptions are beautiful, but to me this was a suspense book and also a mystery of sorts it wasn't really my cup of tea. 3 stars, maybe less because of the ramblings.
This book was very slow reading at the beginning, it picks up a little after that and then the ending was really weird and kind of stupid. Not sure if I would recommend it.
When beautiful Nicola Ferris chose the remote island of Crete for her vacation, all she desired was to experience the ancient and brooding land on her own.
But one day her impulse led her on a little-used path into the foreboding White Mountains. And there she found a man in hiding -- for reasons he could not explain.
Warned to stay away, Nicola was unable to obey. And before she realized what she had uncovered, she found herself thrust into the midst of an alarming plot in which she would become the prey . . .