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  • A steady page turner

    I enjoyed this book and raced through it in just over a day. I could perfectly imagine the french farmhouse and its rural setting and there was a steady level of suspense and intrigue to keep me reading. I was a bit disappointed by the ending but to be honest I often am, so perhaps that’s more about me than the books...

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  • Outstanding!

    In The Heatwave, Kate Riordan gives the reader an absorbing family drama and a simmering psychological thriller. It is the summer of 1993 and after a ten-year absence Sylvie Durand and her teenage daughter, Emma, return to their home, La Reverie, in the South of France after a ten-year absence. Learning there is evidence of a fire and vandalism, Sylvie decides it's time to fix it up to sell. It is difficult for her as the house evokes painful memories of a tragedy involving her troubled firstborn, Elodie. Emma doesn't really remember her older sister, and Sylvie's not sure how much longer she can shield her from their disturbing family secrets. The Heatwave was certainly a thrilling read! Kate Riordan's writing style was beautifully descriptive and atmospheric, and I could easily picture the rustic old house and feel the sultry heat, en Provence. The story unfolded gradually, told using a dual timeframe and the plotting was pitch-perfect. The level of tension was superior and from the outset I knew there would be a hidden tragedy as I followed Emma, trying to complete the picture. All in all, a brilliantly taut, clever and dark thriller that had me wondering what was going to happen next. It was a real page-turner that has a place in my best reads for 2020. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Penguin UK - Michael Joseph via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

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  • The Heatwave

    A heartrending story beautifully told. It swept me up and wouldn't let go.

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  • Unputdownable!

    It's the first book in a long time that I have finished so quickly and couldn't put down. Thought all the characters in the book were well written, and Sylvie's character pulled at my heart strings being a mother also I could understand her feelings towards her Daughters. I would thoroughly recommend this book to all, and I'm hoping from the ending of the book that there could possibly be a sequel . . .

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  • The Heatwave

    cumpulsive excellent can highly recommend enjoy it

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