- Paperback: 188 pages
- Publisher: AmazonCrossing (September 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781503936171
- ISBN-13: 978-1503936171
- ASIN: 1503936171
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3,187 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Amélie Antoine lives in northern France with her husband and two children. She has always loved writing, particularly stories. In 2011, she published an autobiography titled Combien de temps. Interference is her first novel and was an immediate success when it was released in France, winning the Première Lauréate du Prix Amazon de l'Auto-Édition (Amazon France Self-Publishing Prize) for best self-published e-book. She has since written two other novels.
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This is a tender love story entwined around a man's loss of his wife. We are swept along by his grief, share in his life after her passing, and are seduced into opening our hearts to him by his attempts to heal. There are little touches like a dog that comes into his life, a photographer who wanders into his path, etc. It's an entrancing novel that was really keeping me engaged. Through it all, I wondered if Chloe had been murdered, what hints was I missing, what was going to happen next. There was a feeling of impending revelation, where I thought for sure, we would find out who and why someone killed Chloe. I didn't care for Emma pushing herself on a man who was recently widowed, but I was leaving room for cluelessness.
And then, in an awful moment of deus ex machina, we find out what happened. And it ruins the entire book. This bitter-sweet story of grief and recovery and possible mystery turns into a mess where almost every character you cared about is revealed as hateful. The plot itself is out of left field and so unbelievable it's ludicrous.
The "twist" makes this whole book just a total waste. It doesn't feel ground-breaking, truth-revealing, or brilliant. It doesn't feel relevant to the human condition. It feels unbelievable and manipulative. I was left sitting there, feeling quite a bit of anger toward the author, saying to myself, "Really? Really?!!!! That's your big idea? That's your big reveal?" And then, to top it off, the story gets worse with how everyone acts after the twist.
I'd like to get every minute of my life back, including the time I spent caring about, wondering about, and worrying about these characters. What a waste. Like another reviewer said, the only faithful thing left was the dog.
I'm not going to lie, the author is a good writer. But their idea of a plot twist ruins the book. It doesn't add anything useful to the characterization; it downright ruins the entire story. It's almost impossible to explain without spoilers, and I'm seriously tempted to add a spoiler warning and say it, but I can't bring myself as much as I think potential readers should be warned that this book's description is majorly misleading.
Edited to add: If you want more info to judge the book, there are spoilers in the comments on this post.
Overall, I hated this story. If you are looking for a palatable ending (even if you don't need a happy ending), you will likely not find it here. What happens part way through this book in not just a plot twist; it changes the entire premise of the book, and it was not a book I would have picked up.
From the beginning, I found Chloe to be a completely unsympathetic character--and that was when I thought she was a ghost. She was selfish, snippy, had NO compassion for her devastated husband, and I kept wishing she'd finish whatever she needed to do so she could move on the the next plane of existence and leave us all alone. She was super one-dimensional, and remained that way until after her secret was out. After she "came back" she became slightly more real, but not enough for me to root for her on any level. The idea that you could/would fake your death, let your spouse grieve, start to heal and move on, and then show up and expect things to just go back to the way things were--it's either mentally ill to the point of sociopathy (which the author didn't suggest), or idiotic to the point of having IQ issues (which the author also didn't indicate).
Gabriel was a well-written and fleshed out character for the most part, but the change in point of view every time he had a chapter was jarring and made it hard to see him objectively (maybe that was the point). Unfortunately, everything we come to know and like about Gabriel is stripped from him in the insane ending.
Sadly, Emma, who had the possibility of becoming an interesting character, ending up literally being thrown away in this story, and there is no joy or even resolution to her part, just a super creepy vignette which left me feeling ill.
I believe Antoine is has the capability to write a elegant story with strong characters, but this book is not it.
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It's a slower read. No real action but it has an interesting plot.Read more