|Plot Summary of Days Without Number|
Goddard always has very unlikely people as his protagonists and this latest novel is no exception. Nick Paleologus has an interesting history of mental illness and though he's been well for some years the events in this part of his life are enough to send anyone over the edge. He is invited to his brother's fiftieth birthday party by his siblings but they have an ulterior motive. Their father has had a very handsome offer for the family home which his children want him to accept but he is adamant he will not sell. When things start to unravel, like their father's suspicious death, and a new will, leaving the house to another relative, Nick finds himself in the position of finding out about the family secret. His quest takes him from Cornwall to Edinburgh to Venice and the action never stops. Who is the mysterious Santris who has offered so much for the house? And who is his representative, Elspeth Hartley, who disappears when Nick's father, Michael, dies.
This synopsis report prepared by Penny
|Chapter Analysis of Days Without Number|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 20%
How difficult to spot villain?
- Difficult, but some clues given
Misc. Murder Plotlets
- "All in the family" murder
- Killer purposely leaves clues
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- Mentally ill
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
Use our site!
Search for your favorite town
Trade Links with Us!
Most recent discussions:
General Book Talk
Book writing discussion
Off-topic message board
Aline Countess of Romanones
Mark C. Ross
David R. Palmer
Graham D. Watson
More message boards
Our Chief Librarian