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The Way I Found Her Paperback – 2 Apr 1998
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"A scary, funny and ultimately very affecting novel... Tremain lets us glimpse the adult-in-waiting; reminds us that life - tinged with joy, sex, pain - takes its whole shape from such moments" (Julie Myerson Mail on Sunday)
"The Way I Found Her is a magical invention of page-turning suspense, of sadness, grief and passion, whose sure and delicate exposure of a sensibility flowering one hot Parisian summer teaches us the price of experience. Do not miss it" (Elizabeth Buchan The Times)
"Quite simply magnificent" (The Times)
'Quite simply magnificent.' (The Times)
'Scary, funny and ultimately very affecting ... Tremain lets us glimpse the adult-in-waiting; reminds us that life – tinged with joy, sex, pain – takes its whole shape from such moments.' (Mail on Sunday)
'Has the sparkle of sunlight on water ... once more Rose Tremain beguiles you into suspending disbelief.' (The Independent on Sunday) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First-person narrated by the precocious, but very likeable Lewis, who is an engaging mixture of child and soon-to-be-adult, this novel is part coming-of-age story and part mystery story and one which makes for entertaining and gripping reading. Rose Tremain describes her hot Parisian summer and the simmering passions which arise during the sultry summer days very effectively, and she appears to have captured that difficult transitional period of adolescence rather well (although if I were a thirteen-year-old boy, I might not agree). All of the supporting characters were well (if sometimes briefly) depicted - and Sergei, Valentina's rather pampered dog, was wonderfully described! I have to say that although there were parts to this story that I did not find entirely convincing, I was pulled into Lewis's tale from the first pages and very much enjoyed his (sometimes very funny) narration of his own story. However, this novel is not just an amusing and entertaining read as it certainly has its poignant and rather affecting moments - especially the ending, but obviously I shall leave that and the rest of the story for prospective readers to discover for themselves.
Apart from the writer's elegant style, we discover a masterly plot that starts as a child's summer adventure and subtly acquires tones of detective novel and psychological drama. I can only conclude by saying that this novel is immensely enjoyable from the first to the last page.
Then it changes with the disappearance of Valentina into a really gripping thriller as the precautious Lewis investigates to his great peril. We now meet a totally different cast of mysterious would be Russian mafia types intent on kidnapping, extortion and if need be murder. It would be wrong to give away any more, but be assured that this is a very fine piece of suspense writing which you simply can not put down until the tragic climax.
I have been a fan of Rose Tremain [ see my reviews ]for many years. Once again she has not let me down.
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