When the Lusitania sank, one survivor became a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief—but keeping the small silver statue he lifted, a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that priceless heirloom, one of a long-separated set of three, has been stolen. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather’s treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune. The quest will take them from their home in Ireland to Helsinki, Prague, and New York where they will meet a brilliant scholar who will aid them in their hunt—and an ambitious woman who will stop at nothing to acquire the Fates.. (Goodreads)
It took me roughly forever to finish this book – surprising, because I liked it. This is Nora Roberts when she was on her right path – interesting and intricate books that kept you reading. I enjoyed the multiple leading characters, and thought each was interesting enough to read about. I liked the mythology of the Three Fates and the lengths everyone was prepared to go to possess all three. I am always interested in the notion that people will go so far to obtain art objects – not that I don’t get their beauty or value, I am just always amazed that there are people out there who get obsessed by the thought of possessing an antique statue.
Anita was a good villain who just loved being despicable. I always have fun when girls are the bad guys but Anita could have been more intense – she is still a very PG13 villain. I thought her ruthless disposal of her henchmen were well done – it showed she only kept you as long as she used you. I would have loved if Jack could have found out that she had killed her husband and his good friend, because it would have been even better if she had been caught out on that as well.
The characters are, as always, unrealistic. Easy going Irishmen who believe in home and heart does not always end up with strippers or neurotic academics. I thought that Tia Marsh completely overreacted when she found out what Malachi was up to but it is not THAT bad. I did like Cleo Tolliver, although her character wasn’t all that solid – she was a stripper who didn’t want it, who lost her money because she basically gave it away to her slick lover (who is EVER that stupid), etc. etc. I really liked Jack Burdett and Rebecca Sullivan the most of the characters – they at least seemed a possible match.
I’m happy I found this though, because it is so much better than her Cousins O’Dwyer trilogy I was unfortunate enough to open.
Overall, one of the better Nora Roberts books out there. I really adore the woman specifically because of books like these – while it is fun and light to read, it is still compelling and interesting.