By Tatiana de Rosnay
This attractive new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, writer of the acclaimed manhattan instances bestseller Sarah's Key, plumbs the depths of complicated relatives relationships and the ability of a previous mystery to alter every little thing within the present.It all all started with an easy beach holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey proposal he had the proper shock for his sister M?lanie's birthday: a weekend through the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed early life summers enjoying at the beach. It have been too lengthy, Antoine suggestion, considering the fact that they might again to the island--over thirty years, considering that their mom died and the kin vacations ceased. however the island's haunting good looks triggers very happy thoughts; it reminds M?lanie of anything unforeseen and deeply anxious approximately their final island summer. while, at the force domestic to Paris, she ultimately summons the braveness to bare what she is aware to Antoine, her feelings conquer her and she or he loses regulate of the car.Recovering from the twist of fate in a close-by health facility, M?lanie attempts to keep in mind what brought on her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: attractive, streetwise Ang?le, a mortician who will educate him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and death. unexpectedly, although, the earlier comes swinging again at either siblings, stressed with a gloomy fact approximately their mom, Clarisse. Trapped within the wake of a surprising family members mystery shrouded by means of taboo, Antoine needs to confront his prior and likewise his stricken relationships together with his personal children. How good does he fairly comprehend his mom, his young ones, even himself? without warning fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will examine the reality approximately his kinfolk and himself the difficult means. by means of turns exciting, seductive and harmful, with a lingering impact that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery saved is the tale of a contemporary kin, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the impression it has all through life.
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When they see you . . Ah, but when anyone sees you, they see temptation. How can anyone resist you? How could I have resisted you? You know that, don't you? You knew that the minute you laid your eyes on me that first day at the beach, last year. You are the devil in disguise. There was a rainbow earlier on, a lovely one, and now the night is coming fast, gathering darkness and clouds. I miss you. They had a late lunch at the Cafe Noir in Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, the largest town on the island. It was a crowded, noisy place, obviously a favorite hangout for the locals.
Was this a good idea? he pondered. Was she truly happy about coming back here all these years later, coming back to a place where forgotten childhood memories lingered, motionless for the moment, like the surface of untroubled water? " Antoine asked as the car climbed the broad curve of the bridge. On their right, along the mainland, rows of gigantic rotating silver windmills. "No," she said. "Just sitting in the car and waiting for the tide. And riding in along the Gois passage. It was fun. " He too remembered waiting for the tide.
So he stuck to the Gois passage despite his son's jeering at him and the long wait. As they drove onto the island, Antoine realized that his memories of the Gois causeway were intact. He could play them back in his mind like a movie. He wondered if Melanie felt the same. The large austere cross at the beginning of the causeway came back to him. To protect and cherish , Clarisse used to whisper, holding his hand tight. He remembered sitting on the island shore and watching the waves dwindle into nothingness until the vast gray bank appeared like magic.
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay