Author Clarissa Katsef is struggling to write her next book. She’s just snagged a brand new artist residency in an ultra-modern apartment, with a view of all of Paris, a dream for any novelist in search of tranquility. But since moving in, she has had the feeling of being watched. Is there reason to be paranoid? Or is her distraction and discomfort the result of her husband’s recent shocking betrayal? Or is that her beloved Paris lies altered outside her windows? A city that will never be quite the same, a city with a scar at its center?
Stuck inside, in the midst of a sweltering heat wave, Clarissa enlists her beloved granddaughter in her investigation of the mysterious, high tech building even as she finds herself drawn back into the orbit of her first husband who is still the one who knows her most intimately, who shares the past grief that she has never quite let go.
I’m going to begin and say that Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay was a favorite for me. So I was thrilled to be gifted this beautiful book by the author and the publisher. Thank you so very much!
I’m going to be honest. Science Fiction is not a genre I will pick up for myself. But I will read it. And there have been books in this genre that I’ve loved. This book took me by surprise though. Maybe it wasn’t was I was expecting? Maybe it went from normal to too out there and surprised me. I don’t know. I think the writing was excellent. The characters were great. It might just be that this wasn’t my cup of tea.
I did love the way de Rosnay slowly peeled away the layers so we could find out what happened in the past. That alone helped to build the suspense and mystery. And then she did the same thing with the present tense. To the point where I was yelling at the book, “YOU ARE NOT OVERREACTING CLARISSA! GET OUT OF THERE!” Of course the character the character in the book didn’t listen to me. At least not for a long time. I have to say, de Rosnay is an incredible suspense author.
I will say the book was a 4.5 stars until the end. The last 25% was just too strange. I’d love to find out even from hardcore SciFi fans if they felt the same way because I just couldn’t wrap my head or heart around it. The ending is just bizarre.
If you do enjoy Science Fiction though, I would say read it. It’s a short read by a great writer. And please do let me know what you think.