Separated, the figurines of the Three Fates, or the Moirai, are beautiful. Intriguing. But not valuable. Maybe worth a handful of bills, perhaps a little more. Together, however, Clotho, Lachesis and Atropo are a solid-silver trio worth more money than most people see in a lifetime; they are the holy grail of the antiquities world. Siblings Malachi, Gideon and Rebecca are eager to reunite the three ladies, but megalomaniac dealer Anita Gaye, a woman teetering just on the edge of sanity, is going to get to them first. No matter what it costs, and no matter who is in her way.
Plot Overview: Art, Family and Love
In 1915 wealthy Henry Wyley is aboard the Lusitania, heading for England. As he enjoys afternoon tea with his beloved wife, Felix Greenfield, a gifted thief, sneaks into his room to lift a few baubles. After discovering the cloth-wrapped Fate, however, he is struck with a sudden crisis of conscience and intends to put it back. But when the Lusitania is struck, Felix absently slips the lady in his pocket as he rushes out to the deck.
Generations later, Felix’s statue has been passed down to the Sullivan siblings – that is until Anita Gaye sneaks it out from under eldest sibling Malachi’s nose. Enraged and humiliated, the brothers and sister decide to track down Wyley’s great-granddaughter, Tia, an expert on Greek mythology, and Cleo Tolliver, great-granddaughter of Wyley’s lead on the second statue, White-Smythe.
Anita trails them – barely – but leaves violence and destruction in her wake, devastating the small group of treasure hunters. But when Rebecca stumbles upon Jack Burdett, millionaire and owner of a security firm, the newly formed team of six may just be strong enough to outwit, outfight and outhunt Anita to gather all three silver statues.
Criticisms and Compliments
Although Three Fates, like any book, has its weaknesses (a slow-moving plot, for example), respect should be paid to Roberts. She is one of the most prolific writers in the business, and while it is impossible to turn out hit after hit, Roberts is consistently good. The characters in Three Fates are quirky and neurotic (especially Tia), the adventurous travels of the Sullivan siblings are glamorous, and the flashes to the past are enjoyable. And while other reviewers have criticized Roberts for making Anita too crazy, too much of a villain, sometimes the over-the-top devious women are just plain entertaining. Call it the reality-TV influence (read: the Real Housewives franchise).
While some of Roberts characters tend toward stereotypes – the dark- and long-haired rebel (Cameron from The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Luke from Honest Illusions), the willowy, fragile flower (Suzanna from Suzanna’s Surrender, Olivia from River’s End), the ambitious, efficient corporate employee (Amanda from A Man for Amanda, Kate from Holding the Dream, Sophia from The Villa) – Anita is unlike any other antagonist, with the exception of Angela Perkins from Private Scandals. These two women, as opposed to Roberts’s other female villains, are in places of power, making their inevitable demise that much more satisfying. For that reason alone, Three Fates is worth reading (then read Private Scandals).
- Roberts, Nora. Three Fates. Jove, 2004 ISBN 9780515135060