Tag: Books: Contemporary

Review: A Secret Kept

Posted 13 November, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

A bit off-topic but I seem to be on a roll with my book reviews right now! xD

A Secret Kept
By: Tatiana de Rosnay

Antoine Rey thought he had the perfect surprise for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by the sea at Noirmoutier Island , where the pair spent many happy childhood summers playing on the beach. It had been too long, Antoine thought, since they’d returned to the island—over thirty years, since their mother died and the family holidays ceased. But the island’s haunting beauty triggers more than happy memories; it reminds Mélanie of something unexpected and deeply disturbing about their last island summer. When, on the drive home to Paris, she finally summons the courage to reveal what she knows to Antoine, her emotions overcome her and she loses control of the car.

Trapped in the wake of a family secret shrouded by taboo, Antoine must confront his past and also his troubled relationships with his own children. How well does he really know his mother, his children, even himself? Suddenly fragile on all fronts – as a son, a husband, a brother and a father – Antoine Rey will soon learn the shocking truth about his family and himself.

So this is the second de Rosnay book I read this year; I read Sarah’s Key a few months ago and found it to be absolutely enthralling. So I decided to pick up this novel as the synopsis sounded intriguing. As a random off-side before I begin my review, I seem to read her books pretty quickly–I think it’s because I can’t seem to put them down after I start! lol Major spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Lantern

Posted 5 November, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Lantern
By: Deborah Lawrenson

When Eve falls for the secretive, charming Dom, their whirlwind relationship leads them to purchase Les Genevriers, an abandoned house in a rural hamlet in the south of France. As the beautiful Provence summer turns to autumn, Eve finds it impossible to ignore the mysteries that haunt both her lover and the run-down old house, in particular the mysterious disappearance of his beautiful first wife, Rachel. Whilst Eve tries to untangle the secrets surrounding Rachel’s last recorded days, Les Genevriers itself seems to come alive. As strange events begin to occur with frightening regularity, Eve’s voice becomes intertwined with that of Benedicte Lincel, a girl who lived in the house decades before. As the tangled skeins of the house’s history begin to unravel, the tension grows between Dom and Eve. In a page-turning race, Eve must fight to discover the fates of both Benedicte and Rachel, before Les Genevriers’ dark history has a chance to repeat itself.

When I first heard about this novel–Gothic-esque novel featuring mystery and love a la Rebecca and set in Provence, I thought it was a promising mix that I ought to check out at some point. So I did. Spoilers ahead!

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Review: The Shack

Posted 11 April, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

The Shack
By: William Paul Young

Mackenzie Allen Philips youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.

I’ve heard about this book for a few years now but only got around to reading it now, especially after it was recommended to me by two (priest!) friends and my brother reading it before me. I heard nothing but positive things about it from them. I was initially going to save this book until after I finished all my school stuff but alas, caved in xD Spoilers ahead!

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Review: One Day

Posted 23 January, 2011 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

One Day
By: David Nicholls

It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day-July 15th-of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.

I forgot what list I read but this book showed up as one of the best for the year. The premise intrigued me (especially the fact that every chapter focused on July 15th year after year) and I was in need of a good book that would keep my mind off the stress that is my thesis. Some spoilers ahead!

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Review: Enduring Love

Posted 5 June, 2010 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Enduring Love
By: Ian McEwan

In one of the most striking opening scenes ever written, a bizarre ballooning accident and a chance meeting give birth to an obsession so powerful that an ordinary man is driven to the brink of madness and murder by another”s delusions.

This book has been on my want-to-read radar since I read Atonement back in 2007. A few years after my initial contact with the novel, I finally was able to pick it up and read it for myself. Spoilers ahead!

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