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4.0 out of 5 stars Booktrail to a dark and dangerous Paris, 12 Aug. 2014
This review is from: Paris Requiem (Paperback)
James Norton is sent by his mother from the US to Paris to bring home his wayward brother Raphael and sister Ellie. When he arrives however, Raphael’s lover, Olympe has died under mysterious circumstances and the sister, Ellie, is ill. James looks after her while helping his brother investigate Olympe’s death.

The violent death of Olympe Fabre and then of her sister Judith in the asylum of Salpêtrière, draw Raphael and Ellie into deceit and violence. Is her death part of a macabre pattern of Jewish women being found murdered, and what exactly is this medical research going on at Salpêtrière?

This book really packed a punch! Part historical novel and part thriller with a generous dose of mystery and gothic leanings with a sprinkling of political background - the infamous Dreyfus affair.

The subject of antisemitism is never far off the radar as once we discover Olympe was Jewish this quickly turns into a whole new ball game given the ant- semitic feeling at the time. Then before you know it, the author pulls out the rug from under you and escalates the danger in a world of human trafficking and a mental asylum.
This was a novel with many shocks and twists along the way. To say it is breathtaking would be no lie since the layers of intrigue and mystery are built up little by little with even the mysterious illness of Ellie coming into play.

The layers of the book make this a complex read but it is never hard to follow or to enjoy It makes you think and hold your breath though and I felt quite tired at the end and not due to the length of the book! It’s a novel with meat on it that’s for sure and it is a very satisfying and intense read.

Paris is shown in a whole new light here - gothic in tone and atmosphere, the cover reveals the famous stairs at Montmartre leading up to Sacre Coeur which is eerie and gives a flavour of the contents of the book. This is the paris at the time when the new metro was being built, and the centennial Universal Exhibition was about to take place. An exciting time to travel to Paris.
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