Reviewed by Eefje Koppers
Amidst this turmoil, archaeologist Isabella Warnock makes an amazing discovery: Cleopatra’s astrarium. This long lost apparatus is rumoured to be able to predict and influence the future. Sadly, the discovery comes at a price, Isabella’s life.
Grieving husband Oliver is left to pick up the pieces and is immediately thrust right in the middle of danger when everybody is trying to get their hands on the astrarium. Skeptical of its powers but determined to protect his wife’s heritage, Oliver sets out on a quest to find the truth about Isabella’s death and the artifact. Why were Isabella’s organs stolen from her body? Who is willing to kill to get hold of the astrarium? Is this ancient machine really able to predict the death date of whoever spins its handles? And if it can, will Oliver be able to answer these questions in the ten days he has left to live according to the astrarium?
Sphinx is the debut novel by British playwright and novelist T.S. Learner and it doesn’t disappoint. If you like a good mystery in which fact and fiction blend in such a way that it is hard to tell where one ends and the other begins, this is a book for you! It may take a bit of perseverance – occasionally you’ll find yourself urging Learner along – but the result is a fascinating read.
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