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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (882 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hélène Grémillon Narrator: Robert Petkoff, Natalie Moore, Ellen Archer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“A gripping first novel” (Le Figaro Littéraire) and an award-winning international sensation as haunting and unforgettable as Suite Française

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—all 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 arrived 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.

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  • Hélène Grémillon takes us to the heart of a family secret. We witness undeclared love, hidden hatreds, and revenge with terrible consequences. She writes of two periods in time in two voices. And we are twice as caught up in this book which truly touches our hearts. ELLE (France)
  • The reader is literally riveted to this story, both thriller and historical account. The text has accents of maturity, a stunning mastery of narration, a sense of suspense worthy of a top-notch film. A gripping first novel. Le Figaro Litteraire
  • Hélène Grémillon: remember this name! Scrupulously written, with fine and harmonious phrasing that renders the heroines' voices perfectly. Le Point
  • Hélène Grémillon's talent bursts forth in this first novel, as much for the style as the historical details and the suspense that persists up to the very last paragraph. As for the main characters... they are all complex, unpredictable and above all charismatic. Le Nouvel Observateur
  • “A novel about the complicity between history with a small h—the characters’ stories—and History with a capital H.  As in Bernard Schlink’s The Reader, nothing is more moving than to witness characters as castaways shipwrecked by History.”

    BSC News (France)

  • “Step back in time with this intriguing French mystery…Grémillon expertly builds the psychological suspense.”

    Courier Mail (Australia)

  • “A tale of love, infidelity, jealousy, and guilt presented in a manner that grows in suspense and surprises right up to the very end.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Selected for the December 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mark | 2/18/2014

    " Touching, emotional, beautiful...three words I could use to describe this book which simply transcends beyond all convention!Loved everything about this book especially the way pieces of the puzzle are drip fed to the reader right up until the final revelation on the last page that brings everything to a heady conclusion! If you loved the way the past affected the lives of characters in the present in Tatiana De Rosney's Sarah's Key then you will love this. Has a real continental feel to it all, not felt by me since The Food Of Love, and I could easily see this being made into a film starring my favourite actress, Audrey Tatou! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Melissa S | 2/7/2014

    " This was an interesting read, largely set during the Nazi invasion in Paris. A mysterious, dramatic and tense story unfolds about a young womens entanglement into a weathly couples life and desires. At times I found this story to be confusing, however I was compelled to read on to its final conclusion... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Audrey | 1/30/2014

    " I got very confused by the changes in narrative voice......unfortunately. Because I think this is a great story and if I didn't have to wonder who was related to whom and how (if at all) then I would have totally loved it. I read it through to the end hoping I would understand who was who and their relationships, but I still don't get it. Oddly I liked the book anyway. Go figure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sarah | 1/19/2014

    " Sweet and very sad and slightly sick; I particularly liked the surprise of the ending. "

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