By Tatiana de Rosnay
This beautiful new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, writer of the acclaimed ny instances bestseller Sarah's Key, plumbs the depths of advanced kin relationships and the ability of a earlier mystery to alter every little thing within the present.It all begun with an easy beach holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey notion he had the appropriate 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 taking part in at the beach. It have been too lengthy, Antoine notion, seeing that they would lower back to the island--over thirty years, considering the fact that their mom died and the kin vacations ceased. however the island's haunting good looks triggers more than pleased stories; it reminds M?lanie of whatever unforeseen and deeply aggravating approximately their final island summer. whilst, at the force domestic to Paris, she eventually summons the braveness to bare what she understands to Antoine, her feelings triumph over her and he or she loses keep watch over of the car.Recovering from the twist of fate in a close-by health center, M?lanie attempts to remember what triggered her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: horny, streetwise Ang?le, a mortician who will train him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and death. without warning, besides the fact that, the previous comes swinging again at either siblings, pressured with a dismal fact approximately their mom, Clarisse. Trapped within the wake of a stunning relatives mystery shrouded by means of taboo, Antoine needs to confront his earlier and likewise his afflicted relationships along with his personal children. How good does he rather be aware of his mom, his youngsters, even himself? all at once fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will examine the reality approximately his relations and himself the demanding manner. via turns exciting, seductive and harmful, with a lingering influence that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery saved is the tale of a contemporary relatives, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the effect it has all through life.
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He was now the proud father of twins. Melanie never forgave him. Why Noirmoutier? Because they had spent unforgettable summers there. Because Noirmoutier was the symbol of the perfection of youth, of those happy-go-lucky days when the summer vacation seemed endless, when you felt you were nine years old forever. When there was nothing more promising than a perfect day on the beach with friends. When school was a century away. Why hadn't he ever taken Astrid and the children to the island? he wondered.
He cooked superbly. Made his own sushi. Specialized in Oriental arts. Listened to Lully. Spoke four languages fluently. Knew how to waltz. And couldn't live up to commitment, even after six years with Melanie. Olivier wasn't ready to settle down. Despite being forty-one. So he had left Melanie only to promptly get a twenty-five-year-old manicurist pregnant. He was now the proud father of twins. Melanie never forgave him. Why Noirmoutier? Because they had spent unforgettable summers there. Because Noirmoutier was the symbol of the perfection of youth, of those happy-go-lucky days when the summer vacation seemed endless, when you felt you were nine years old forever.
Which probably made her less crabby and impatient than her ex-husband. Antoine felt pulled down and depressed by his isolation. Bearing the brunt of the increasingly numerous stormy situations with Arno alone made him feel even worse. Astrid and he had been a team. They had always done things together. Made decisions together. Faced the enemy together. That was over. Antoine was on his own now. And when Friday night came around and he heard his children's key in the lock, he had to brace himself, to square his shoulders like a soldier going into battle.