By Tatiana de Rosnay
All of it all started with an easy beach holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their formative years. Antoine Rey notion he had the correct shock for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend through the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many satisfied adolescence summers enjoying at the seashore. It were too lengthy, Antoine suggestion, on account that they’d back to the island—over thirty years, considering their mom died and the relations vacations ceased. however the island’s haunting attractiveness triggers very happy stories; it reminds Mélanie of anything unforeseen and deeply aggravating approximately their final island summer time. whilst, at the force domestic to Paris, she eventually summons the braveness to bare what she is aware to Antoine, her feelings conquer her and he or she loses keep watch over of the car.
Recovering from the coincidence in a close-by medical institution, Mélanie attempts to keep in mind what brought on her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: attractive, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will educate him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and demise. unexpectedly, despite the fact that, the previous comes swinging again at either siblings, confused with a gloomy fact approximately their mom, Clarisse.
Trapped within the wake of a surprising family members mystery shrouded through taboo, Antoine needs to confront his previous and in addition his afflicted relationships along with his personal youngsters. How good does he fairly comprehend his mom, his childrens, even himself? by surprise fragile on all fronts as a son, a husband, a brother and a father, Antoine Rey will research the reality approximately his family members and himself the tough way.
By turns exciting, seductive and damaging, with a lingering influence that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery saved is the tale of a latest family members, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the influence it has all through lifestyles.
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Carla's voice was cut with the knife of her panic. Inside the motionless white casing Deborah's heart had begun to pound and her stomach to heave. She began to tremble hard and the tremor took her whole body. My God, she thought, I am now what I was in the world—a motionless mountain whose inner part is a volcano. " she cried at Carla. " She heard the sharp intake of breath from the other bed. T h e spear had gone home, but her cruelty had given her no protection. She pushed her head hard against the ice pack pressing like reality at the back of her neck.
One day . " Deborah started. "One day I was walking home from school and Lactamaeon came to me and said, Three Changes and Their Mirrors, and then Death. He spoke Yri and in Yri the word that means death also means sleep, insanity, and the Pit. I didn't know which he meant. The first change, I knew, was riding home from the hospital after the tumor was supposed to be out. Its mirror was the broken flower that I saw years later. The second change was being shamed in the camp, and its mirror was an episode with a car when I was about fourteen.
T h e mother was formidable. "Charming . . needing very much to be charming and a great success at everything . . " she murmured to the empty cup in front of her. "She is competitive, I think. .. She dominates, but there is honest love too. . " And she leaped up with a word in the true and familiar language of her own childhood and youth because the coffee had boiled over and was spilling from under the lid. Deborah walked back to the ward, yearning for somewhere she could go to be completely alone.
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay