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Nothing as simple as that! Chelser took me into a Paris that no longer exists, into a society with 19th century attitudes, into the city’s narrow streets and alleyways before Baron Haussmann had completed the public works program for which he had been commissioned. The background of this novel - be it fashion, codes of conduct or locations- was very well researched. If I had merely wanted that, I might as well have turned to a plethora of books on the trials and tribulations of that era, but the writer did not stop there.
Within a few dozen pages I witnessed customer service of a fashion shop, a marriage of broken dreams, a grieving mother, a murder and received a first glimpse into a world of which the citizens of Paris were mostly unaware. And that was where the mystery started, where nobody and nothing was as it seemed, where Chelser lead me to pity a monster, feel compassion for a beast and in the end smile at a major character death even when having tissues nearby. What lies between is something I would heartily recommend any prospective reader to find out for themselves, including trying to figure out the tiny nod to one of Victor Hugo’s novels at the end. Btw, the scene works well without that knowledge.
For me, ‘The Devourer’ is one of the books where one reading is not enough as it offers so much to discover.
The book merits five stars. I thought of deducting half a star because at the beginning it is not easy to follow the changing pov’s. To appreciate the difference in the description of two different worlds takes some concentration, but that was very much my personal thought. So do not let yourself be deterred.