By Tatiana de Rosnay
All of it all started with an easy beach holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their adolescence. Antoine Rey proposal he had the best shock for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend through the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed early life summers enjoying at the seashore. It were too lengthy, Antoine proposal, on account that they’d lower back to the island—over thirty years, when you consider that their mom died and the kinfolk vacations ceased. however the island’s haunting attractiveness triggers very happy stories; it reminds Mélanie of anything unforeseen and deeply tense approximately their final island summer season. whilst, at the force domestic to Paris, she eventually summons the braveness to bare what she is familiar with to Antoine, her feelings conquer her and he or she loses keep watch over of the car.
Recovering from the coincidence in a close-by sanatorium, Mélanie attempts to remember what brought on her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: horny, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will train him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and demise. without warning, even if, the previous comes swinging again at either siblings, pressured with a depressing fact approximately their mom, Clarisse.
Trapped within the wake of a stunning relations mystery shrouded by way of taboo, Antoine needs to confront his prior and likewise his afflicted relationships together with his personal teenagers. How good does he rather comprehend his mom, his teenagers, even himself? unexpectedly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will study the reality approximately his kinfolk and himself the challenging way.
By turns exciting, seductive and damaging, with a lingering influence that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery stored is the tale of a latest kinfolk, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the impression it has all through existence.
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In actuality it was huge. And yet it had a compactness about it, was not as sprawling and spread out as it appeared to be from the outside. Although it did have more rooms than we really needed, it was a tidy house, to my way of thinking, and there was a natural flow to the layout. Downstairs the rooms opened off the long gallery, upstairs from a central landing. Because its core was very old, it had a genuine quaintness to it, with floors that dipped, ceilings that sloped, beams that were lopsided.
Nor did I know then that it was this house which would rescue me from the destructiveness within myself. It would become my haven, my refuge from the world. And in the end it would save my life. But because I knew none of this at that moment, I walked blithely on down the gallery and into the kitchen, happy at the prospect of the holiday weekend ahead, lighthearted and full of optimism about my life and the future. Automatically, I turned on the radio and listened to the morning news while I stood toasting a slice of bread and drinking a cup of coffee I had made earlier.
But I hadn't mentioned this to Andrew. After all, he was her son, her only child, and he ought to know her well, if anybody did. And yet there have been times over the years when I have noticed a wistful expression on Diana's face, a sadness in her eyes, a look of longing, almost. A yearning, maybe, for Michael? Or for that love who was not entirely available? I wasn't sure, and I have never had the nerve to broach the subject. Nora startled me, and I jumped in my chair as she came crashing into my office.
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay