Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was troubled. Elodie is dead.
Sylvie hasn’t been back to her crumbling French family home in years. Not since the death of her eldest daughter Elodie.
Every corner of the old house feels haunted by memories of her – memories she has tried to forget.
But as temperatures rise, and forest fires rage through the French countryside, a long-buried family secret is about to come to light.
Because there’s something Sylvie’s been hiding about what really happened to Elodie that summer.
And it could change everything.
Oh how I loved this book!
It had all the ingredients I like in a novel. A tense psychological thriller, a buried past, sun, heat and the South Of France. What a great book to loose yourself in at the moment.
I was whisked off to the building heat and tensions of a heatwave gripping The South of France as we follow Sylvie, as she heads back to France, to her old family home after receiving a letter to say there has been some damage to the empty property after a small fire. Born and raised in France, Sylvie has been living in London for over 10 years, seemingly leaving home after traumatic events. Needing to take her daughter with her she reluctantly heads off with a view to sort things out and finally put the house on the market, where it can be sold and finally gotten rid of once and for all.
As we enter the house and dust off its cobwebs so too do we learn, via flashbacks, of the mysteries that surround Sylvie’s first daughter Elodie, a brilliantly created character. The fear, pain and love that Sylvie experienced back then is wonderfully written along with the day to day happenings, some compellingly mysterious, that take place as we stay at La Reverie. Evocative and captivating, tiny details in the narrative superbly evoke time and place with wonderful characters and the gradual build of tension throughout the book.
We slowly learn of the story that surrounds Elodie and read the reactions of both family and locals as the truths begin to surface. Like the summer fires that surround the village, enclosing in on the house, so does the past and bringing with it it’s present danger.
Wonderful smaller characters add even more to the novel, bringing with then their own perspectives and past actions.
I don’t want to give any more of the story line away and spoil it for another reader but I was utterly absorbed in this book and couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. A sultry thriller that also had a wonderful dose of the french sun and way of life. This has definitely gone into my top five reads of the year so far. Loved it!!!
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