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I found this book on the shelf at a senior's home and decided to read it. I was thoroughly engrossed in it until the last chapter, when it ended before it tied up a lot of loose ends: We never found out why the main character's stepsister needed to borrow a large sum of money from him; I thought that Antoine should have "sucked it up" and asked his dad where the photos of his mom went, and if not that, at least he could have asked his stepmom or stepsister for them; he could have gone back to the hotel at Noirmoutier Island and asked the one staff member (that remembered him) some questions about his mother; the author should have finished off the timeline of the main character's father. So many unfinished subplots!!
I did enjoy learning about an area of the world that is quite unique, called the Noirmoutier Island road or Le Gois https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kjRG5oXnv8
A secret kept-
should be kept a secret! its not as unforgettable and beautiful and vivid as Sarah's Key and the House by the same author.
I was a disappointed in this novel.
There were too many anti climaxes and
it became predictable. She explored
some characters in depth..others a bit
wanting. Sara's Key was a more
Just the best mystery novelwithdetails of old family secrets.Easy to follow this author thru Paris and France.
Comments say Sarah's Key is better!
I really enjoyed this one,so am looking forward to this next book of hers.
Portrayed life in France's capital/provinces realistically and interestingly. Enjoyable.
I was very disappointed with this book. "Sarah's Key" was a fantastic read however and cannot be compared with it.
This novel is sadly disappointing compared to "Sarah's Key." I wouldn't recommend it. The book is a black hole of depression - with a series of most unfortunate negative events occurring. The main character isn't that engaging or likeable - there are times when you wish he would just break his vow of silence and speak to other family members about what is bothering him. Two words: SKIP IT.
Insightful into how a man progresses through a middle age crisis and deals with issues from his past.
Easy to read. Set in France written in the first person of the make character, dealing with death and family relationships.
It's badly written but Tatiana de Rosney remains a great story teller and despite the style we still can enjoy the plot.
The story of an upper class French family and its secrets. When a surprise birthday vacation triggers vague childhood memories, it sets off a chain of events that force the protagonist to reexamine all his relationships and choices. An emotional story with wonderfully complex characters.
This is the second book that I have read from this author and I find her writing style to be very good - easy flowing and captivating at the same time. I enjoyed the book overall but preferred "Sarah's Key" over this story.
Family dynamics with some suspence
Some awkwardness with plot and characters
A very disappointing novel! The author breaks the most important rule of narration – show, don’t tell! The dialogue is sparse and terribly contrived when it does make an appearance; the plot sounds more exciting than it really is, and the secret is built up so much that when it is revealed the reader has already guessed it and finds it boring. And it doesn’t help that the main character is an awkward divorced man fumbling through life who also happens to be unlikeable and unremarkable.
An engrossing book about life and death. Antoine and Melanie's mother died when they were children but what really happened back in 1974? A trip back to Noirmoutier where the family summered back in the 70's nudges loose some memories and clues to what happened. Antoine investigates, determined to find the truth, while Melanie, after a close brush with death herself, prefers another path. Good story, well told and quite satisfying despite not everything resolved at the end.
Overaall disappointing read. Main character is not very likable. It's an easy and quick read with a somewhat predictable "secret" ending. I heard great reviews from DeRosnay's first book, but will wait to read now that I've read this one.
This was a very good and easy read. It was hard to put down, however, I wouldn't say it was all that deep. In fact, it was fairly easy to predict what the outcome was throughout the book. I would say it was worth the read.
I enjoyed this book, despite being very different from Sarah's Key.
It's about an upper class French family and a secret that has been kept for 30 years. It's about finding yourself, unraveling a deep family secret, dealing with the blows of everyday life, strengthening/undoing family bonds, and dealing with unanswered questions.