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by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 5 April 2018. ISBN: 978-147-460-668-4 (HB)
Set amid the vivid
and beguiling scenery of Corsica, Clotilde, is spending a summer holiday here
with her husband Franck and their fractious, adolescent daughter, Valentine. It’s
27 years since Clotilde, now a lawyer living in France, last set foot on her
ancestral island. Then she was left orphaned when her parents and older brother
were wiped out in a fatal car crash on a dangerous stretch of hill road.
the last visit when she was fifteen, Clotilde had kept a diary that
mysteriously went missing during the crash.Now, as she re-unites with her paternal grandparents, members of an ancient
wealthy and influential Corsican family that rule the roost, a bizarre, newly
written letter arrives for her signed simply “P.”Clotilde recognizes the handwriting as that of
her stylish mother, Palma. But she’s dead, isn’t she?
letter busts open the whole tragic incident and triggers a host of memories and
uncomfortable questions. The story
weaves in and out between the ghosts of the past and the reality of the present,
through bumpy, tangled relationships, family secrets and ruptured lives.The author gradually but masterfully sets
the stage for a multi-layered, tense, psychological noir thriller with
intriguing, believable characters, sparkling dialogue and a satisfying twisty
payoff at the end. It’s a compelling,
but not least, credit must also go to the translator, Shaun Whiteside, for a
difficult job, well done, that preserves the integrity of the original French
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India, qualified as a
lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She began writing by
contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.