” Either he had been pitifully unobservant or she had been expertly deceitful. There had been secrets, fears, dangers and delusions filling her every thought. Her dead sister. Her family. Her psychiatrist. The Tyrrell Society. The bombing of Dysart’s yacht. The past. The present. The future. ” (Ch.28, p.217)
The highly convoluted story in Into the Blue hinges on secrets buried in the past that cast grim shadows on later generations. It all begins with the disappearance of Heather Mallender, an English school-teacher who was staying on the Greek holiday island of Rhodes as a guest of junior Defense minister Alan Dysart. She vanished without a trace from a mountaintop in the island’s interior. Harry Barnett, an odd-job man who house-sits for Dysart, becomes the prime suspect as he was the last person in contact with Heather. He also In the face of British tabloid pillory, and in order to exonerate himself, Harry embarks on an investigation that retraces Heather’s steps.
Why then, Mr. Barnett, we would know those beliefs were not delusions on Heather’s part. In that event, it would become conceivable that her belief her sister was murdered was likewise not as delusion. And it would be distinctly possible that whoever had murdered Claire had also been instrumental in Heather’s disappearance. Ch.35, p.272)
Following the clues from Heather’s photos, Harry is able to retrace her twisty route. What appears to be Heather’s own investigation of her sister’s death affords even more shocking truths that might have endangered her. Unearthed are secrets deliberately buried for over two decades: an accidental death in Oxford, a car crash involving members of Tyrrell Society, an indecent business deal a bombing of a politician’s yacht, a forbidden affair, and an intriguing political scandal. The mystery slowly unravels over the entire course of the book. The tangled plot of deceptions is both exciting and overwhelming, because Goddard packs a plethora of details into events that have directly or indirectly associated with Heather’s disappearance. There is so much going on here that note-taking is conducive to keeping track of who is related to who and who is in which allegiance.
Into the Blue is a solid, gripping story, although all the twistings and turnings can be dizzy. The ongoing revelation always complicates or contradicts what one has already learned. I am just as bowled over as the narrator, as the reality of betrayal closes around him. Those he had believed he should have doubted. Those he had doubted he should have trusted.
469 pp. Delta Trade Paperbacks. Paper. [Read|Skim|Toss] [Buy|Borrow]