Take Me to the Castle, F.C. Malby

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‘The door opened slowly, and she could see the outline of five men standing in the corridor. Her room was far enough away from the figures for no one to notice her nose pressing into the door frame. She was aware of her own breathing and tried to slow it down, slow down her heartbeat until she was invisible. The idea in these moments is to be completely invisible. There were a lot of invisible people in Prague, doing invisible things to other invisible people.’Take Me to the Castle

What would you do to secure your own freedom?

February 1993. Walls between East and West have dissolved, following the Velvet Revolution of 1989. It is a harsh winter in the newly formed Czech Republic, but the nation celebrates. Arriving in Letovice, Jana is trying to escape a personal loss and come to terms with the changes in her country and in her own life. She stays with the Martineks and meets their son, Miloš. When he leaves Letovice and she travels back to Prague, she encounters a deep and shocking betrayal. Jana meets Lukas, a conservator working on the restoration of a mosaic at the Cathedral of St Vitus. But who is he and what is he hiding?

An evocative portrayal of life during the fall of communism: It is a sometimes heartbreaking tale of deception, distrust and the need for redemption in the aftermath of a regime in which no one can be trusted, not even someone you thought you knew.

‘Don’t miss it! A really good read – intriguing story, well written and gripping to the end. Recommended as the novel for the coming year.’
‘This book had my attention from the first page…the author has managed to bring history to life through the eyes of well-crafted characters…I thoroughly enjoyed Take me to the Castle and cannot wait for the next book!’
‘The surroundings, emotions and actions are described so perfectly that the pictures and the people created come to life in my head so effortlessly. What an experience!’
‘This is a well written novel covering a period in recent history about which very little fiction has been written. I found it intriguing and well researched…keeping you interested to the end.”An intriguing story of relationships and love set within the framework of Communist Eastern Europe. A genuine story that gives a fascinating insight into the human condition at this time.’
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3 thoughts on “Take Me to the Castle, F.C. Malby

  1. Loved this book. The author shows great insight into human relationships and develops her characters with great ability and humanity. Feel like I know them.

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