Release date: December 1, 2015
at New Vessel Press
Cecile, a stylish 47-year-old, has spent the weekend visiting her parents in a provincial town southeast of Paris. By early Monday morning, she’s exhausted. These trips back home are always stressful and she settles into a train compartment with an empty seat beside her. But it’s soon occupied by a man she instantly recognizes: Philippe Leduc, with whom she had a passionate affair that ended in her brutal humiliation 30 years ago. In the fraught hour and a half that ensues, their express train hurtles towards the French capital. Cécile and Philippe undertake their own face to face journey—In silence? What could they possibly say to one another?—with the reader gaining entrée to the most private of thoughts. This is a brilliant psychological thriller, a high-wire act of emotions on rails, about past romance, with all its pain and promise. [provided by the publisher]
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was born in 1964 in Troyes, France
where he lives as an author and English teacher.
His novel The 6:41 to Paris
has been a bestseller in both France and Germany.
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How well the author got into the heads of these two complex and real people.
How well the author maintained the tension between them.
What a wonderful experience it is to choose a book to read and review without knowing anything about the author or the publisher and discovering you have read a marvel of a book you want to share with everyone.
The book flowed smoothly, and I found it to be one I couldn’t put down.
This book is thought-provoking, reflective, and somewhat nostalgic, and if you’re in that kind of mood, it’d be perfect.
The narrative is captivating, charming and refuses to let the reader go.
I really enjoyed the story, and was surprised at how quickly the time passed while reading it and learning about the characters.
So little physical action can happen in a French book, yet encapsulate countries and decades.
This book has some lovely writing and delves deep into relationships left behind.