Nine Coaches Waiting
(Book 1 for RIP)
Nine Coaches Waiting by Mary Stewart.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Chicago Review Press (May 1, 2006)
A governess in a French château encounters an apparent plot against her young charge's life in this unforgettably haunting and beautifully written suspense novel. When lovely Linda Martin first arrives at Château Valmy as an English governess to the nine-year-old Count Philippe de Valmy, the opulence and history surrounding her seems like a wondrous, ecstatic dream. But a palpable terror is crouching in the shadows. Philippe's uncle, Leon de Valmy, is the epitome of charm, yet dynamic and arrogant—his paralysis little hindrance as he moves noiselessly in his wheelchair from room to room. Only his son Raoul, a handsome, sardonic man who drives himself and his car with equally reckless abandon, seems able to stand up to him. To Linda, Raoul is an enigma—though irresistibly attracted to him, she senses some dark twist in his nature. When an accident deep in the woods nearly kills Linda's innocent charge, she begins to wonder if someone has deadly plans for the young count.
When I saw this book in a used book store, I thought it looked like a book for RIP. Then I saw the author was Mary Stewart who’s Arthur/Merlin books I had enjoyed eons ago and so I took it home.
Admittedly, I did begin reading this before Carl put up the RIP announcement but hey, it fit so I am using it as my 1st RIP read!
Upon reading the first 70 pages or so I thought maybe this wasn’t for RIP after all. It talked about Linda who went to France to be a governess to a young boy named Philippe. It went on letting you learn of Linda and how she came to become a governess and such.. it was interesting but not “wow”. Then about half way thru the book someone started the car and the story took off like a dragster going well over 200 mph!!
The mystery part of the book began in an instant and didn’t let up until the end! It went for an “ok” book to being a good book!
For many it might not be their cup of tea. It does have a slow beginning. Or I should say, half a book. I found the second half made up for it , but that might not be for everyone.