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300 Days of Sun: An atmospheric, intoxicating read that is impossible to put down (English Edition) Kindle版
“A deeply satisfying novel, a rich story with a strong feeling for time and place and the expert pacing of the best thrillers. Readers will appreciate Lawrenson’s ability to combine stunning atmosphere with a fascinating historical backstory.” (Booklist, starred review)
“Merges past and present, doubling identities and events to dazzling… effect. Set against the lush but corrupt coastal resorts of southern Portugal, the novel’s shadowy deeds seem only more dangerous in this sunny clime…. Sure to please those who relish the untangling of crimes in exotic locales.” (Library Journal)
“Praise for The Lantern: “The Lantern is a smart, gothic, bodice ripper that transcends the genre, thanks in part to journalist Lawrenson’s gift for bringing the senses to life.” (People, 3 1/2 out of 4 stars, on The Lantern)
“I absolutely adored this beautifully written, modern Gothic novel, set in Provence, full of scents, colors and mystery. Reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s classic, Rebecca, The Lantern will hook you in from the start and weave its dark, lush magic around you.” (Tatiana de Rosnay, author of Sarah's Key, on The Lantern)
Praise for The Sea Garden: “Deborah Lawrenson’s new novel, a modern Gothic tale set in the lavender-scented landscape of Provence, serves up an escapist mix of mystery, romance and murder.” (Wall Street Journal on The Sea Garden) --このテキストは、kindle_edition版に関連付けられています。
Deborah Lawrenson studied English at Cambridge University and worked as a journalist in London. She is married with a daughter, and lives in Kent, England. Deborah’s previous novels include The Lantern and The Sea Garden.--このテキストは、kindle_edition版に関連付けられています。
- ASIN : B01FSKQDNY
- 発売日 : 2016/5/16
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 920 KB
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効にされていません
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 388ページ
- Amazon 売れ筋ランキング: - 2,343,746位洋書 (の売れ筋ランキングを見る洋書)
The story is set in Faro in Portugal, now and during WWII. The setting is beautifully and lovingly evoked, and the contrast between the war years and the present, nicely done. It is a page-turner. I was drawn into the mystery, into wondering what it was tied up the past and present, but for me, where Mary Stewart has you invested in her narrators, this is where this particular story left me a bit cold. I didn't 'take' to the narrator, I found her a bit anodyne at times, a bit irritating, and a bit two-dimensional. And as for Nathan, both the love interest and more importantly the axis of the story - I felt we just didn't get inside his head enough to see him as real at all. Don't get me wrong. This was a really good story told really well, but for me, it lacked emotional impact. And though I don't always like all the loose ends tied up, I did find the seeds of doubt sown at the end just plain annoying.
I really enjoyed The Lantern. I liked this story less. But I do like Ms Lawrenson's storytelling, so I'll definitely be reading the next one.
Likewise, Portugal is a country that I have never visited, so I was happy to explore it through the pages of this novel.
The plot and characterisation sustained my interest and it is a well-written book. A good holiday read which I feel will inspire me to follow-up on the history of Portugal using the books recommended by the author.
“300 Days of Sun” begins vividly as Jo makes a dramatic break from her old job and her uninspiring relationship. She moves to Faro and begins a Portuguese language class where she meets the mysterious Nathan. Together they discover a dark underside to Portugal, echoed in a parallel story set in the same location in the 1940’s. You get the poisoned normality of Lisbon and the hedonistic unreality of Estoril.
This thriller will keep you guessing to the end.
I thoroughly enjoyed my bookish trip to Portugal.