When the manuscript of a debut crime novel arrives at a Parisian publishing house, everyone in the readers’ room is convinced it’s something special. And the committee for France’s highest literary honour, the Prix Goncourt, agrees.
But when the shortlist is announced, there’s a problem for editor Violaine Lepage: she has no idea of the author’s identity. As the police begin to investigate a series of murders strangely reminiscent of those recounted in the book, Violaine is not the only one looking for answers. And, suffering memory blanks following an aeroplane accident, she’s beginning to wonder what role she might play in the story …
Antoine Laurain, bestselling author of The Red Notebook, combines intrigue and charm in this dazzling novel of mystery, love and the power of books.
Out September 2020
I received this book in exchange for my honest review.
Set in France. This is a crime mystery with a theme based on manuscripts, publishing houses and murder. Right up my alley.
The author’s ability to weave a fantastic tale is shown in his character development using a vast array of flawed individuals and quirky behaviors. His setting if full and robust and adds to the ‘flavor’ of the story. With great settings and fully rounded characters, you are taken into a darker side of a mystery and crimes that keep the reader engaged and wondering. Laurain expertly keeps the plot moving throwing in lots of plot twists and turns to never let you fully guess at the ending which hits you right between the eyes.
I love this style of writing.
If you love crime mysteries and stories about books and publishing, then this one is for you.
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