A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay - REVIEW

It's very hard to describe how upset I am with this book. Antoine Rey is an architect living in Paris, he recently got divorced and is trying to make sense of life again. After taking his sister on a birthday trip where they mostly reflect on their childhood, Mélanie remembers something shocking. As she begins to tell Antoine she looses control of the car.  As a result from the crash she cannot remember what she was going to tell him. After months the big "secret" emerges. While they try to discover more about their mothers' death Antoine is struggling with his own life. Repressed memories, unloving father, rebellious teenagers and his ex-wife.

This book was really disappointing compared to the authors previous book Sarah's Key, which I enjoyed. This one did not interest me at all. Pretty much 90% of the book deals with Antoines' mid-life crisis, and how he can't communicate with his children, about his one night stands and repressed memories he can't put to rest.

The author throws so many upsetting events (divorce, car accident, amnesia, adultery, lesbians, death, another death, troubled teenagers, cancer, possible murder?) at us that it seems like she was trying too hard to make this book interesting.

And the 'big secret' —once we actually get to it, by the end of the book— doesn't seem all that important. I found my self saying 'Big deal'.  I HAD to read this in one sitting because if I came back another day I would not open it again. There was no suspense or big climax, just boring boring boring. 

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

sarah's key book review

The litte girl Sarah Starzynski manages to hide her little brother in a cupboard (their secret hiding place) before the police take her and her parents to the Vélodrome d'Hiver, where they await to be transported to Auschwitz.Fast forward sixty years later Julia Jarmond an American journalist living in France uncovers what has happened to her and her family. This discovery makes her question her relationship with her husband and his family's involvement. She is determined to find out the truth, even if it destroys her family. About half way though the book the story shifts to Sarahs point to view and back to Julia. We are able to connect with the girl on a deeper lever and feel what she felt. Her love for her brother nearly got her killed yet she never gave up.Although the book is written in pretty simple language I still enjoyed it and would recommend it for someone who enjoys an easy read. But it still could have been written a little better. After the big secret is revealed the book looses steam. It feels more like it's about Julia then Sarah, how she struggles with her marriage, family and some moral issues. I would prefer to find out more about Sarah then just the woman who's doing research on her.

Overall this book is pretty good. Makes you think of what people went though during the war and while some people try to face the facts, others seem to think that since they didn't live through it it never happened. There is also a movie made from this book. Check it out

Hoping Netflix has it soon. Looks pretty good compared to the book.

 

 

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