My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Synopsis:Anne Le Clair, a successful, young attorney, has managed to remain free from her family’s gothic past—until now. When she inherits her murdered Aunt’s antique necklace however, she finds no escape from its secrets. Under the Stone Paw is a thrill ride from the upper crust of New York society to the forbidden tunnels underneath the Sphinx, from a time before Jesus and Mary Magdalene sought to free humanity to our own time when a shadowy consortium of powerful individuals threaten to control it.
Cover/Title: The cover on Goodreads is kind of boring but the Amazon cover (and the cover on my copy) is right on with the Sphinx. The title fits the story perfectly as well.
Characters: There is an interesting assortment of characters. The author doesn't really delve into the backgrounds of most of the characters. For the most part they are likable.
Plot: Anne discovers that her crazy relatives are not really crazy and her mother has been telling her that they were just to protect her. She is drawn into the mystery of the 6 keys and is fighting against time to put it all together.
Overall: This book started out well. At first, I loved all the history but then it just seemed to drag on. There was some action but it was dragged down by all the history they learn along the way. The book really needed to move faster. I almost put it down halfway thru because I was getting tired of all the historical background on their mission but not as much on the people themselves. Towards the end, I just didn't care if they succeeded or not. I just wanted to finish it. It is a shame because at the beginning I thought this might be a 4 or 5 star book.
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