reviewed live on bookshow by Sue Major 20th March 2014. Review as follows:
Set in a silent valley in southern France, the story centres around an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel.its owner, Aramon Lunel is an alcoholic haunted by his violent past. His sister, Audrun, lives alone in her bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel and dreams of exacting retribution for unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life.
Into this world comes Anthony Verey a wealthy but disillusioned antique dealer seeking to remake his life in France From the moment he arrives consequences are set in motion .
I enjoy Rose Tremain's books though they are a departure from the usual Scandi-thrillers that I like. There is however tension and suspense in this story, and a death, even though it is not a detective story.
Though the end may well be predictable, Rose Tremain handles the journey with skill. She wraps a clever and intriguing tale around the beauty of the Cevennes . Her characterisation is great....she manages to make the distasteful as skin-crawlingly unpleasant as any writer I know, and she's brilliant at creating tension.
Though I have read other books by her that I have preferred..."the Road Home" to name one....this is nevertheless worth a go.