- Hardcover: 305 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Reprint edition
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004LQ0E3C
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (377 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Secret Kept Hardcover
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While his sister is hospitalized and during her recovery from her injuries, Antoine becomes compelled to find out more about his mother and who she was and how she died since both of her children feel as if they never really knew her and the subject has never been talked about within the family. In the course of his inquiries, he discovers and faces the truth about a mother he loved deeply but lost far too soon.
Antoine is a very complex man who is simultaneously dealing with his love and longing for his ex-wife and their three children-- two of whom are surly and distant teenagers -- and with the sudden urge to finally know more about his mother. He suffers loneliness and self doubt, bored with his career as architect, and morose about his lack of close relationships with his children and his father's family. I found him an interesting character with a lot of depth and sentimentality that led to many moments of self examination and introspection. The other supportive characters were not so well drawn, but did provide the means for Antoine to interact with and to push the narrative along.
I read the novel in one sitting.Read more ›
Antoine Rey is a fortyish Parisian architect dealing mainly in office reconstructions. He is bored with his job and has let his life fall apart since his wife Astrid has left him for a younger man. But he cares enough for his sister Mélanie to take her for her fortieth birthday to Noirmoutier Island, off the Atlantic coast southwest of Nantes, where they used to holiday as children. The visit awakens memories of their mother, Clarisse, one of which so upsets Mélanie that she crashes the car before she can tell it. The remainder of the book is the much-delayed search for that memory and the understanding of its implications.Read more ›
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I was intrigued from start to finish and absolutely loved the ending. Endings are so important and I love it when the ending surprises me. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Patti S
I really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested! I liked it even better than Sarah's Key.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
My mother has read it already and really liked it, but I still am going to read it so don't know the answers you are asking.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
While it was an ok read, different than anything I usually read, recommended by a friend, it was an ok book about life and living it and the mystery that revolves around it that we... Read morePublished 4 months ago by CJ