Monday, 18 March 2013
The Mask was the original title for Through Dead Eyes, and for good reason - the whole story hinges on an antique mask that Alex buys when walking round Amsterdam with Angelien.
The mask I had in mind was a wooden Japanese noh theatre mask. Hanna's father was a Dutch merchant with trading links to Japan and brings it back with him. Through Alex, it returns to the house he lived in with his daughter - the house that is now the hotel in which Alex is staying with his father. It is via the mask that Alex makes contact with Hanna - and she with him.
Whether the mask was cursed before Hanna wore it, I will let you decide when you read it.