#bookreview VOYEUR by Francesca Reece Published by @TinderPress OUT NOW!

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Hugh thanks to the team at Tinder Press / Headline Books for sending me this great finished copy of Francesca Reece’s Voyeur. An evocative and sultry summer time read.

SYNOPSIS

Summer in Paris. Leah, bored of tedious dead-end jobs, is intrigued to spot a job advert posted by the famous author Michael Young: ‘Writer Seeks Assistant’.

After an unconventional interview, Michael invites Leah to spend summer in the south of France with his family. But as she begins her work transcribing his diaries of his debauched youth in 1960s Soho, the lines of past and present, truth and deceit, begin to blur, and Leah has to question what it is that Michael really sees in her.

A novel that challenges us to both question what we see, and what others see in us.

MY THOUGHTS

Wonderfully written and evocatively described I felt like I was looking in on these characters as they played out their story.

Leah, a young woman who seems to have found herself somewhat ‘adrift’ in Paris is looking for a job. She spots an advert for a writer looking for an assistant and after a chance meeting with no other than the writer himself, he offers her the job. But something is a miss and at first Leah doesn’t know quiet what to make of her new employer. When they all decamp to a friends house in the South of France the story takes off.

I’m probably not the targeted age group this novel is directed at, therefore I did find all the drug taking, drinking and general mindset of the characters fairly annoying. Having said that I’m not sure the characters were meant to be that likeable anyway, so by saying I found them all unpleasant , except for two, might not be so far off the mark.

The feel of the book however I found mesmerising, almost hypnotic. Even with the unlikable characters and for me a slightly slow start I still couldn’t put it down. I found the whole tale very evocative with some fantastically described settings. About half way through the story things shift and get even more interesting. The book became a really compelling read which builds in plot and storyline with a fantastic ending which I really didn’t see coming.

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