The Confidant

The Confidant

Book - 2012
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"A gripping first novel" ( Le Figaro Litt#65533;raire ) and an award-winning international sensation as haunting and unforgettable as Suite Fran#65533;aise

Paris, 1975. Camille sifts through letters of condolence after her mother's death when a strange, handwritten missive stops her short. At first she believes she received it by mistake. But then, a new letter arrives each week from a mysterious stranger, Louis, who seems intent on recounting the story of his first love, Annie. They were separated in the years before World War II when Annie befriended a wealthy, barren couple and fell victim to a merciless plot just as German troops arrive in Paris. But also awaiting Camille's discovery is the other side of the story, which will call into question Annie's innocence and reveal the devastating consequences of jealousy and revenge. As Camille reads on, she begins to realize that her own life may be the next chapter in this tragic story.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9780143121565
Characteristics: 245 p. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Anderson, Alison

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maipenrai
May 13, 2013

*** stars This story is set in 1975 France. A young book editor starts receiving letters shortly after the death of her mother. They slowly tell the story of events just before and during World War II. At first she believes the letters are from an author who wants to get his book read and has used them as a strategy to bring his work to her attention. Gradually she begins to wonder if the stories relate to her own life. The author keeps you reading to find out what happens. recommend.

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padmar
May 03, 2013

The story unfolds slowly, layer by layer, spanning generations and time. It is told by various characters in turn, and the author skillfully switches between them while keeping the tension taut. It is a sensitive story covering love, betrayal, infertility, surrogate ties, the meaning of motherhood, all against the backdrop of the second World War. There are passages with fairly intimate descriptions of sex, so this is appropriate for adults, not teens.

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bluehydrangea
Mar 22, 2013

This was a fast, suspenseful read - well written but also frustrating. That's probably a bit unfair since this book does what says on the packet (if you find something a bit French, and you're the one who picked up the book by a French author, set in France, then who's to blame!?) but I found the central male characters, integral to the plot (and there's a LOT of plot) were just a shade too bland to make me care. Maybe that was intentional? The women are on the edge, no-one's happy and there's genuine craziness lurking - to another reader these could be major pluses. I was also hoping for a lot more 1970s Paris detail in Camille's story which is set in 1974... Hopes dashed. However, anyone who loves a story with clandestine love affairs, World War II settings, and secret identities revealed at last, will enjoy.

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