Author: Michel Bussi
Publisher: W & N
Publication Date: June 30th 2016
Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, General Fiction (Adult)
Format Received: ARC (eBook)
Goodreads: Giverny. During the day, tourists flock to the former home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his Water Lilies. But when silence returns, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village
This is the story of thirteen days that begin with one murder and end with another. Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet’s Water Lilies with the words: Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.
Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream. All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval’s corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious, rumoured painting of Black Water Lilies?
My Review: Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for this advanced read.
Wow, eh, what, how????
This is the first novel I have read by a French author.
I am sitting staring into space. My brain cannot process this novel just yet. It is amazing.
Set in Giverny, the home of Monet and his water lilies, Michel Bussi has written a novel so intricately woven with mystery, suspense and brain tingling uniqueness, that with each page turned I was hit with a new surprise and a whole new turn of events.
This book starts with a murder and ends with a murder, and all in the space of 13 days. BUT the 13 days is not rushed. This novel moved at a nice pace, not slow and not fast – just the right speed for me to be able to take it all in, come to a decision and then be hit with a new take on things. Just when I thought I had sussed it all, I realised I hadn’t sussed anything.
If you fancy a gripping thriller set in the beautiful French location of Giverny, I highly recommend this novel. I am now off to check out Michael Bussi’s other novel(s).
About the Author: Michel Bussi is one of France’s most celebrated crime authors. The winner of more than 15 major literary awards, he is a professor of geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator. After the Crash, his first book to appear in English, will be translated into over twenty languages.