The Heatwave by Kate Riordan

Sylvie and her daughter; Emma, are returning to the South of France to consider selling the family home after a fire causes them all to question why they hold onto a place where no one lives.

Except now they’re back in La Rêverie, it becomes apparent why Sylvie doesn’t want to let go, because this house holds a lot of memories. A lot of these memories are bad ones, so surely they should sell and move on, but it’s not until we’re further into this story that we find out why…

The chapters flip between the present and the past, revealing the secrets that Emma doesn’t know about her family and it was tantalising to wonder at what point in the present Emma would find out. The web of secrets casted a hazy fogginess over the plot, that only cleared gradually… I liked the mysterious vibe this added to the story. The South of France added the perfect backdrop that complimented the hazy atmosphere with the heat slowing down the pace of life… and letting the secrets sizzle!

The twist half way through was a SHOCKER, I had foolishly fallen for the face value explanation and never doubted it… very clever.

The plot is fantastic and packs a punch when it comes to twists!

The Heatwave is out now in paperback and eBook versions from Penguin.

Until next time, Chloé x

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