By Tatiana de Rosnay
All of it started with an easy seashore holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their youth. Antoine Rey suggestion he had the ideal shock for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend through the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed youth summers taking part in at the seashore. It were too lengthy, Antoine concept, considering the fact that they’d again to the island—over thirty years, for the reason that their mom died and the kinfolk vacation trips ceased. however the island’s haunting good looks triggers more than pleased stories; it reminds Mélanie of anything unforeseen and deeply demanding approximately their final island summer season. while, at the force domestic to Paris, she eventually summons the braveness to bare what she understands to Antoine, her feelings triumph over her and she or he loses keep an eye on of the car.
Recovering from the twist of fate in a close-by clinic, 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 train him new meanings for the phrases lifestyles, love and loss of life. all of sudden, notwithstanding, the previous comes swinging again at either siblings, confused with a gloomy fact approximately their mom, Clarisse.
Trapped within the wake of a stunning relations mystery shrouded via taboo, Antoine needs to confront his earlier and likewise his afflicted relationships together with his personal young children. How good does he rather be aware of his mom, his little ones, even himself? all at once fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will research the reality approximately his family members and himself the challenging way.
By turns exciting, seductive and damaging, with a lingering impact that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery stored is the tale of a contemporary relations, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the effect it has all through lifestyles.
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She could think his name, but saying it out loud? Harder. Much harder. “I don’t know how long we’ll be staying,” she said, starting a new topic. “Mom needs an assistant, and Lord knows, nobody else would know better how to work with her. ” The problem, of course, was that she had no idea what that might be, which was why she had volunteered to help her mother for a while. She had always wanted to be a cop. From the moment she understood what her father did to support his little family, she had wanted to follow suit.
But in the four years she and Felo had shared a home, Rumba had extended her aloof feline affection to him, as well. Maggie supposed once she and Felo were able to have a civil conversation, she would grant him visiting rights. It seemed cruel to remove the cat from his life the way she had removed herself. “You’ll like living near the beach,” Maggie said, although she had no plans to let Rumba out of the house to chase seagulls. “And my mother will probably bake you a pie, something with tuna and hard-boiled eggs.
Felo? ” “Short for Rafael. Spanish. Rafael Estrada. Family’s from Cuba. He’s third-generation here on American soil. Grandparents on both sides came right after the revolution—theirs, not ours. One side were dentists or something like that, but couldn’t be dentists here, on account of different rules and such. I guess it was hard, the way things changed for his family. One minute you’re a hotshot, the next you’re sweeping floors and washing windows. Rafael’s grandmother had to live with an aunt when she came over ’cause her parents never got out at all.