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The long-delayed resolution of a French family's mystery electrifies de Rosnay's (Sarah's Key) glimpse at the crushing cost of keeping secrets. Parisian architect Antoine Rey and his sister, Mélanie, celebrate her 40th birthday on the island where they vacationed as children with their mother, until she died there in 1974. Upon returning, Mélanie is gripped by a shocking repressed memory and loses control of the car. After a brief spell of amnesia, she tells her brother what it was she remembered: their mother had been in love with a woman. As a skeptical Antoine investigates this twist in their mother's past, an upsetting chain of events unfurls: his daughter's best friend drops dead of a heart condition at only 14 years of age; his teenage son is arrested; and he learns that his father is dying of cancer. Antoine gets support in his quest from a new lover, a Harley-riding mortician who teaches him how respecting death helps one to embrace life. This perceptive portrait of a middle-aged man's delayed coming-of-age rates as a seductive, suspenseful, and trés formidable keeper.
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Frenchman Antoine Rey wants to do something special for his sister Melanie on her fortieth birthday, so he surprises her with a weekend trip to Noirmoutier Island, where the two spent many idyllic childhood summers until their mother’s untimely death. While the weekend itself goes well, on the drive back home to Paris, Melanie is overpowered by a memory of her mother and drives off the road. She suffers extensive injuries, and as she heals in the hospital, Antoine obsesses over just what it was that his sister recalled. He is determined to find answers, but where and how? There are few surviving family members, and those remaining resist his unsettling queries. Meanwhile, distractions abound, as Antoine takes up with the sexy hospital mortician (who wears black and drives a Harley-Davidson, ooh la la). He and his ex-wife must also deal with their badly behaving son, who’s recently landed in jail. Internationally best-selling French novelist de Rosnay renders swift, lucid prose and steady suspense (even though one of the novel’s big secrets is revealed mid-tale). Expect demand among fans of both literary mystery and high-end romance. --Allison BlockSee all Editorial Reviews
I really enjoyed this book!! Again the author challenges the reader to think about things you would not ,normally!!Published 1 day ago by Lisa Smith
Having read _Sarah's Key_, I was quite looking forward to a second read from this author, but this was a disappointment to me. The characters were largely cliches (e.g. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Dancer7
This book, although began a bit slow or perhaps hazy in thoughts, unfolded into a well developed book with a purpose. The ending left one with feelings and hope.Published 18 days ago by Susan
A good story of a man whose sister is in a coma, his marriage has broken down, and his mother's death - he discovered - may not have been an accident. A good read.Published 27 days ago by Holly Bayendor
Why was it such a disappointment after reading "Sarah's Key" which I thought was terrific? Why did I find Antoine to be so wishy-washy? Read morePublished 2 months ago by BillsFan44
This is a,quick read. You may figure out what will happen but the characters are well casted. I'm glad I read this novel.Published 2 months ago by Chicago Sue