The iron of the bridge felt hot under my hand. The sun had been upon it all day. Gripping hard with my hands I lifted myself on to the bar and gazed down steadily on the water passing under . . . I thought of places I would never see, and women I should never love.
In a moment of crisis, Richard is saved by a passing stranger – Jake. The two men, both at turning points, become firm friends and on a whim set out for adventure, jumping aboard the first ship they see. Their journeys take them to Norway and across Europe, cementing a passionate friendship. But it is in bohemian Paris that Richard finally meets the woman who enables him to fulfil his own artistic promise.
Daphne du Maurier’s second novel is a masterpiece of narration, showcasing for the first time in her career the male voice she was to use to stunning effect in four subsequent novels, including My Cousin Rachel.
‘A magician, a virtuoso. She can conjure up tragedy, horror, tension, suspense, the ridiculous, the vain, the romantic.’ –Good Housekeeping