By Robert Goddard
On task in Vienna, photographer Ian Jarrett falls desperately in love with a girl he meets by accident, Marian Esguard. again in England, he breaks up along with his spouse and is going to fulfill Marian at an agreed rendezvous. Marian fails to show.Searching desperately for her, he stumbles on a Dorset churchyard choked with the gravestones of lifeless Esguards. He additionally meets a psychotherapist, Daphne Sanger. She too is seeking somebody: a former sufferer who has come to think she is the reincarnation of Marion Esguard, who lived in Regency instances and, it emerges, can have invented images ten years prior to Fox Talbot. but when so, why is she unknown to heritage? And the place is the lady he met in Vienna? Ian units out to resolve a secret that could be one hundred seventy years outdated. on the finish of his seek a seize awaits him. there's a twist on the finish of stuck within the gentle that's Robert Goddard's so much crafty so far.
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Fall in love? Develop an addiction to each other? Indulge a seductive compatibility of mind and body? I wouldn't know what to call it. But I know what it felt like: the real thing, experienced for the first and surely only time. "You haven't tried to take my photograph again," she goaded as we explored the snowy grave-lined avenues of the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna's vast central cemetery, halfway through the week that was already accelerating towards its end and our crisis. " She pouted. " "I'd like to take your picture, Marian.
Which suggested they'd been wound on with the camera open, then wound back, in a deliberate and calculated act of destruction. I must have sat in Tim's darkroom for an hour or more, trying to reason out a response to what had happened. The camera looked fine. It was old enough to make light seepage a remote possibility, but not on a scale to account for total exposure. The films had come from a regular source and I'd already used several from the same batch without any problems. There were the X-ray machines at the airports to consider, of course.
But it'll prove the camera isn't at fault. " "Why not? Is there a problem? I know my way round the place. " "I know you won't. But ' "Then humour me. I'd like to do the job myself. " "I'm going to be in one hell of a jam if I've got nothing to show them tomorrow, Tim. " He shrugged. "All right. But my bet is you'll just get another load of duds. It has to be the camera. Either that or .. " "There is only one other possible explanation, Ian. " Sabotage. That was the explanation Tim hadn't cared to name.