By Tatiana de Rosnay

All of it begun with an easy seashore holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their early life. Antoine Rey concept he had the ideal shock for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend by way of the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed early life summers enjoying at the seashore. It were too lengthy, Antoine idea, in view that they’d back to the island—over thirty years, seeing that their mom died and the family members vacations ceased. however the island’s haunting good looks triggers more than pleased thoughts; it reminds Mélanie of whatever unforeseen and deeply hectic approximately their final island summer time. while, at the force domestic to Paris, she ultimately summons the braveness to bare what she understands to Antoine, her feelings triumph over her and she or he loses keep watch over of the car.

Recovering from the coincidence in a close-by health facility, Mélanie attempts to bear in mind what brought on her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: horny, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will educate him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and loss of life. without notice, despite the fact that, the earlier comes swinging again at either siblings, stressed with a dismal fact approximately their mom, Clarisse.

Trapped within the wake of a surprising kinfolk mystery shrouded via taboo, Antoine needs to confront his earlier and likewise his relationships along with his personal kids. How good does he rather recognize his mom, his teenagers, even himself? without notice fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will study the reality approximately his relatives and himself the demanding way.

By turns exciting, seductive and damaging, with a lingering impact that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery stored is the tale of a latest kinfolk, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the influence it has all through existence.

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We meant to go last Christmas, but things . . ” It had been work, of course, that had interrupted their Christmas Eve, and matters had gone steadily downhill from there. A shadow crossed Rosemary’s face. “Gemma, dear, I’ve never had a chance to tell you in person—” “I know. ” Gemma made the response that had gradually become easier, and that realization gave her an unexpected sense of loss. Her grief had given her something to hold on to, an almost tangible connection with the child she had lost, but now even that was slipping away from her.

Piers downed another third of his drink. He was a big man, with thick fair hair that sprang from his brow in a leonine wave, and if he had begun to put on a little weight as he entered his forties, he carried it well. Tonight he wore a long denim coat over a nubby green sweater, and looked every inch the country squire. Stinging a bit from Piers’s criticism, Caspar changed the subject. ” he asked. Leo was Piers’s fourteen-year-old son, Helen his ex-wife. Piers and Helen shared custody of the boy, but since Piers had bought the Victorian manor house a few miles from town and begun playing at country gentleman, Leo spent most of his time with his father.

They sat huddled in Juliet’s van, with the motor running in hopes of coaxing a little warm air from the heating vents. The windows were already fogging from their breath, and outside, the snow still drifted down, cocooning them from the outside world. Kincaid found himself thinking of the time when he and Jules, as children, had managed to get themselves locked in their neighbor’s coal cellar for an afternoon. He’d been devouring science fiction at the time, and as they’d sat scrunched together in the dark in what had seemed utter isolation, he’d imagined they were the last two people on earth.

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