By Tatiana de Rosnay
All of it all started with an easy beach holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their youth. Antoine Rey idea he had the right shock for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by way of the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed youth summers taking part in at the seashore. It have been too lengthy, Antoine idea, due to the fact that they’d lower back to the island—over thirty years, on account that their mom died and the kinfolk vacation trips ceased. however the island’s haunting attractiveness triggers very happy thoughts; it reminds Mélanie of whatever unforeseen and deeply tense approximately their final island summer time. while, at the force domestic to Paris, she ultimately summons the braveness to bare what she is aware to Antoine, her feelings conquer her and she or he loses keep watch over of the car.
Recovering from the twist of fate in a close-by clinic, Mélanie attempts to bear in mind what triggered her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: horny, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will educate him new meanings for the phrases lifestyles, love and dying. all of sudden, notwithstanding, the prior comes swinging again at either siblings, pressured with a gloomy fact approximately their mom, Clarisse.
Trapped within the wake of a stunning relatives mystery shrouded via taboo, Antoine needs to confront his prior and in addition his bothered relationships along with his personal youngsters. How good does he rather be aware of his mom, his childrens, even himself? unexpectedly fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will research the reality approximately his relations and himself the demanding way.
By turns exciting, seductive and harmful, with a lingering impression that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery saved is the tale of a latest kin, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the effect it has all through lifestyles.
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