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The Silent Fountain

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Something terrible happened here...Hollywood, 1975: Tragedy sends troubled film star Vivien Lockhart into the arms of Giovanni Moretti, and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister, and learns that her new husband's past holds dark secrets. Tuscany, Present day: Everyone in London is searching for Lucy Whittaker - so Lucy needs to disappear. B ...more
Published May 9th 2017 by harper collins
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Feb 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox is a 2017 Mira publication.

This is a moving, heartbreaking story written with shades of Gothic mystery and romance.

In the 1970s, after escaping an abusive home life, Vivien finally got her big break as an actress, but the price of success comes at a big cost. After a horrific accident, Vivien is nursed back to health by the handsome Dr. Giovanni Moretti. The couple falls madly in love, but secrets from the past could stain their lives together, while traged
Lindsay - Traveling Sister
4 stars!

This was a haunting, addictive and atmospheric story. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters and setting of this novel told in dual timelines – Hollywood, 1978 and Tuscany, Present Day. I was equally intrigued with each storyline and was quickly flipping pages to see how the two timelines would intersect.

The majority of this book unfolds within an old mansion, the Castillo Barbarossa, nestled and secluded in the Italian countryside. This eerie Italian villa becomes a character of its own,
Oct 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking, romantic and utterly alluring!

The Silent Fountain is an incredibly absorbing and emotive novel about love, life, loss, deception, infidelity, friendship, family, jealousy, obsession, and tragedy.

There are two main memorable characters in this novel. Vivian, a starlet from the 1970s who moved to Italy with the love of her life until one day everything she held dear was taken, shattered and destroyed. And Lucy, a young woman who fell in love with the wrong man and is now hiding from
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: physical-arcs

I’m not exactly sure what I was expecting when I started reading The Silent Fountain but whatever I had been anticipating could in no way live up to my actual experience reading this little gem of a book. It had a little bit of everything and then some, there was suspense, tension, intrigue, scandal, romance all steeped in a dark and painful history. It was also extremely evocative and took me on quite an emotional journey that I won’t soon forget.

This is told using dual narratives, you hav
I received this via Goodreads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. 😊

I seem to be in the Minority here for the most part, aah well.

There were elements that reminded me of a couple of my favorite authors but overall was underwhelming to me. I give the author kudos for how creepy Isabella was though.

It felt a bit drawn out as well.
*shrugs* On to the next one.
Rachel Gilbey
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sitting here open mouthed in wonderment, but equally speechless with just how much I completely adored this book.

I read the first 3 chapters when I had a short bit of time, and then spent the next few hours thinking about how the book would progress, which showed me just how much it was under my skin instantly. I had many questions just from the beginning and over the course of the book I did get all the answers.

My next stint of reading too me to about 75%, where I incredibly reluctantly put t
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

I’ve never told my family anything about my life, and the more personal it is, the more precious and the less willing I am to share it.

Sometimes she pictures the materials of this house, the solid wood and hard marble, the cool stone, absorbing every thought and feeling her body has expelled. If she squeezes the drapes, tears will seep out, like the wringing of a cloth; if she scratches the stairways, secrets will plume and curl in a thin ribbon: grey smoke.

He looked like a prin
BRILLIANT! Way more than five stars!

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The Silent Fountain

Stunning in every way – the plot, characters, dual time line, hidden secrets, that stunning mansion in the Tuscan hills…the women whose destinies seem to be linked via that place…. I was enthralled throughout and was totally captivated with the twists and turns of the vine like plot which reeled you in and kept me firmly locked inside that house, hearing its every creek, wondering if I would ever see th
The Lit Bitch
3.5 stars

There is nothing like fall to make you want to read a mystery or a Gothic novel…..well at least for me! Fall is the perfect time to curl up with a creep or suspenseful book and spend the day lost in the mystery. That’s exactly what I did with The Silent Fountain!

I read this book as part of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, it was hard to break with my Pink Carnation book but somehow I found the ability to read something else, and I was not sad in the least. This book was a great Gothic novel!

The publisher's description of The Silent Fountain drew me in with it being primarily set in Italy, the promise of 'dark secrets' and a Gothic feel, and dual time settings and perspectives, which are are all things that I enjoy. Once I started the book, I was immediately absorbed--at one moment I was feeling all of the pleasures of the sunny Italian countryside, the next moment the menacing feel and foreboding chills of a crumbling estate with noises and odd occurrences would come sneaking in, a ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

It’s so hard to write down my thoughts because I loved The Silent Fountain. Where to start …

The format is brilliant. Lucy’s first person narration beginning in London 2016 and arriving in Italy had my head buzzing with questions. My questions didn’t stop there. This is a story that keeps you continually thinking, questioning and trying to work out the anomalies. Vivien’s third person narrative takes us back to 1972 to when she is 16. I was already hooked b
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I could sum up this blog entry with one phrase: grab this book now, and move on to the next topic...
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I generally really enjoy stories with dual timelines. In this case the past timeline is mostly in the 1970's so it barely qualifies as historical fiction. (I refuse to think of any time I was alive as historical!) I have read several authors who use this device and I just assumed it would be partly historical because that is what I am used to. I don't think that it was ever promoted as such so not a big deal, although in my library this was listed under "horror" which is a bit of a mislabel. The ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Silent Fountain is a gothic and historical romance with a little bit of suspense mixed too. This house has some sinister things going on it. What more could I ask for?

Fox takes us back and forth between Vivien Lockhardt in the 70’s and Lucy Whittaker in the present, and it done so with such grace that it flows right into each other. Never confusing, just completely enthralling and with a pace that kept me turning the pages to see what was going to happen. Vivien is one those characters who y
Emma Crowley
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Victoria Fox is perhaps best known for writing sizzling bonkbusters with a hint of mystery that always provide such an escapist read. But now she is back with something slightly different and almost sinister in tone which is evident from the cover of The Silent Fountain as it has such dark, foreboding colours compared to the usual brash, bright colours normally a book by this author would have. It's nice to see authors veering out of their comfort zone and taking things in a new direction. I was ...more
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Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lucy Whittaker is a twenty-something living in London. She is a nice young woman who is, quite literally, wondering if she will garner headlines soon and have her life actually ruined by what has occurred. Her best friend and flatmate, Belinda, talks to Lucy about heading to Italy and getting out of London before the press do become a part of her life. There is a job available in a villa in Florence called the Castillo Barbarossa, and despite the fact that she does not want to go, Lucy ends up s ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2017, giveaways, arc
Thank you again Harlequin for providing me with another excellent book in exchange for an honest review.

Vivien Lockhart and Lucy Whittaker both have secrets to hide, parts of them so big that they make headlines. Their stories are similar in a way but happen in different decades. They're brought together at the once beautiful Castillo Barbarossa where they're both trying to escape their memories. They only begin to find peace when they share their tragedies together.

In 1978 Vivien is the film s
Inn Auni
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This book is a mash between melodrama and family drama set in gothic tone. About two female characters from different era, comnected via the same mansion.

Lucy was about to get embroil in a scandal when her friend decided for her to move away. She landed a job as a house-sitter in Italy. The house and its' owner was full of mystery which was the exciting part of the book.

As I continue reading, I became sick and tired of the hidden theme of the book. All the main characters were either running awa
Dec 07, 2017 marked it as gave-up-on  ·  review of another edition
The beginning was great . . . then not so much. :(
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Third book in less than a month ! Enjoying these so much not my usual read :)
Mandy Robson
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
I like Victoria Fox's other books, but found this one quite hard going. It didn't seem to read as seamlessly as her other offerings. It won't put me off buying in the future, but I will give her a rest for a while and start on another of my massive collection of paperbacks.
Kelly (Belle of the Literati)
2.5 Stars. Interesting enough but a little long and drawn out. The end was way melodramatic without foundation and felt rushed. Did really enjoy the Italian villa setting and the dual timeline. Definitely engaging enough to keep my attention and keep turning the pages, but fell short of being amazing. Thank you Harlequin MIRA for the review copy!
Harlequin Books
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mira, 2016-17
"This haunting tale of love and tragedy will keep readers up all night as they work to unravel a mystery that will leave readers guessing until the very end. The complexity of the novel stems from the way Fox layers the character development and plants seeds of doubt about each character's nature and intentions. Truly one-of-a-kind, this is a book that can be read over and over, with something new being revealed each time" (5 stars GOLD @ RT Book Reviews).
Karen Macedo
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book in a goodreads giveaway. Thank you to Harlequin Books. This was a really good read. Taking place in an Italian Villa in two different times. The 1970s and 2016. Vivien Lockhart is a troubled film star, and Lucy Whittaker who is running away from her troubles in London. Hard to put this down...
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A brilliant read - 9/10. Read my review on my blog : as part of the blog Tour, on 01/03/17.
April Oharah Hernandez
Good story that kept you guessing but there were some holes that made it choppy and difficult to understand.
Lisa girlsinbooks
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The fountain looks back, that horrid unseeing eye, its lens stagnant and its belly full."

My Synopsis:

In The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox, two woman with dark pasts find their lives intertwined in an Italian villa that used to be a sanatorium. Vivien is a former Hollywood movie star trying to navigate a rocky relationship between her husband, her sister-in-law, and herself while hiding from an abusive past. Lucy has come to work for Vivien has a means to escape a scandal back home in England
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seamlessly weaving back and forth in time, The Silent Fountain by Victoria Fox is a vaguely sinister mystery which takes place in an isolated Tuscan mansion.

Needing to escape from London, Lucy Whittaker is hired to work for reclusive former actress, Vivien Lockhart in Italy. With no internet or cell service at the spooky mansion, Castillo Barbarossa, she is blissfully unaware of whether or not the mistakes from her past have been exposed. Instead of dwelling on her own problems, Lucy is instead
the book is set partly in 1975 and we meet troubled film star Vivien Lockhart who falls for Giovanni Moretti, and it seems her fortunes have finally changed. Until she meets his sister, who was one creepy character.
the story is also set in present day Tuscany, Lucy Whittaker - fell for the wrong guy, so she applied for a job in the crumbling Castillo Barbarossa, secrets are trapped within the walls, and as Lucy starts to get stuck into her duties, out if the view of the reclusive Vivien Lucy is
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Victoria Fox lives in Bristol with her husband and young daughter. She used to work in publishing and is now the author of seven novels. Visit her at and on Twitter @VFoxWrites.

Victoria's favourite things are blustery walks, golden retrievers and Argentinean red wine.