By Tatiana de Rosnay
This gorgeous new novel from Tatiana de Rosnay, writer of the acclaimed manhattan occasions 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 begun with an easy seashore holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their childhood. Antoine Rey notion he had the proper shock for his sister M?lanie's birthday: a weekend via the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed formative years summers taking part in at the beach. It have been too lengthy, Antoine concept, given that they might again to the island--over thirty years, due to the fact their mom died and the kin vacation trips ceased. however the island's haunting attractiveness triggers more than pleased stories; it reminds M?lanie of anything unforeseen and deeply irritating approximately their final island summer. whilst, at the force domestic to Paris, she ultimately summons the braveness to bare what she is aware to Antoine, her feelings triumph over her and he or she loses regulate of the car.Recovering from the twist of fate in a close-by health facility, M?lanie attempts to bear 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, even though, the previous comes swinging again at either siblings, harassed with a gloomy fact approximately their mom, Clarisse. Trapped within the wake of a stunning family members mystery shrouded through taboo, Antoine needs to confront his previous and likewise his afflicted relationships along with his personal children. How good does he relatively be aware of his mom, his teenagers, even himself? abruptly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will study the reality approximately his family members and himself the tough method. through turns exciting, seductive and damaging, with a lingering influence that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery stored is the tale of a latest family members, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the influence it has all through life.
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He had been thinking about it since April. Not just another surprise birthday party with giggling friends hiding in the bathroom and laden with bottles of champagne. No, something different. Something she would remember. He needed to shift her out of the rut she was stuck in, her job that was eating up her life, her obsession with her age, and, above all, her not getting over Olivier. He had never liked Olivier. Stuck-up, pompous snob. He cooked superbly. Made his own sushi. Specialized in Oriental arts.
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.
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. Margaux was at the brink of her full-fledged debut into adolescence. Antoine found hers even harder. He had no idea how to deal with it. She was like a cat--mute, sinuous, and withdrawn.
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay