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Three Days and a Life

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Three Days and a Life by Pierre Lemaitre

Three days at the edge of the new millennium, one moment of madness and one young life’s course altered forever. A dazzling new thriller from the master of noir.

Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone’s business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour’s dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour’s six year old son are bound forever.

In the years following Rémi’s disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again?

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 Pierre Lemaitre

Authors Bio

Pierre Lemaitre (born 19 April 1951 in Paris) is a Prix Goncourt-winning French author and a screenwriter, internationally renowned for the crime novels featuring the fictional character Commandant Camille Verhœven.

His first novel to be translated into English, Alex, is a translation of the French book of the same title, it won the CWA International Dagger for best crime novel of 2013.

In November 2013, he was awarded the Prix Goncourt, France’s top literary prize, for Au revoir là-haut, an epic about World War I. The translation of another of his French novels, Camille won the CWA International Dagger in 2015.

My Review

4 Stars

It’s 1999 in the little town of Beauval, where everyone knows your business. Antoine is twelve years old and just lost his friends to the mayor’s son and his Play Station. His mother has forbidden him from playing the games so Antoine spends his time in the woods working on a tree house with the neighbor’s dog. Then the dog is injured and need to be put down and Antoine is devastated.

From there, little Remi Desmedt is six years old and idolizes Antoine. But Remi ends up dying and Antoine decides to hide the body. We watch how Antoine won’t admit to the death. The town’s people are coming up with all kinds of theories and accusations. Then the town butcher, Monsieur Kowalski is blamed for the disappearance. We then meet up with Antoine years later on and we see how this secret has shaped his life.

I’m sad to admit that I didn’t recognize the author’s name until I looked up his other books and realized that he is the author of Alex. That was one heck of a mind tweak. Once I saw that I can’t wait to see what he was going to put Antoine through. Antoine agonizes over Remi’s death but is so afraid to admit what really happened. I could feel for him as a kid. I grew up in a small town and I can relate to a lot of what happens.

This is a great thriller. It is slow paced and it does tend to drag. But it is a good story. Antoine has to live with his choices and doesn’t always make good ones but you can still see how one even can affect you for life. I do recommend this book. It is a good read and I think many will like it.

I received Three Days and a Life from Quercus for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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Tribal Affairs

Book Details:

Book Title: Tribal Affair by Matt Dallmann
Category: YA Fiction, 277 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Matt Dallmann
Release date: July 2017
Tour dates: Oct 9 to 27, 2017
Content Rating: G (No bad language or sex)

Book Description:

Dahlia, a centuries-old genie, lies hopelessly trapped in a damaged golden locket charm attached to an ankle bracelet. Its owner, sixteen-year-old Liana, wears it for the first time during her father Jamison’s opening night illusion spectacular. Not only does its presence cause Jamison to folly his performance, but it also starts a chain of bizarre events that lead to a showdown with Dahlia’s mortal enemy, Stefan, and an unsuspecting romance between Liana and his son.

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Matt Dallmann has a background in acting and holds a BFA from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. His films and screenplays have been featured at film festivals across the United States including Cinequest, Big Apple Film Festival, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival, DragonCon and Zero Independent Film Festival. His piano compositions have been published for commercial use and he is a member of ASCAP. Matt is also the Co-Founder and Vice President of the boutique medical billing firm VGA Billing Services, Inc. in New York City. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

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My Review
4 stars
Dahlia is a genie that has been trapped in a locket on an anklet. Liana is the 16 year old that has decided to start wearing the anklet of her mothers. But when she does, she starts hearing voices, having strange dreams, and when she attends one of her father’s performances things go wrong. Liana and her family think there is something wrong and want to medicate her. But the truth is that Dahlia is trying to communicate with her. Dahlia has a history of a feud with another genie family that has lasted centuries. Liana is drug into the middle of this feud and finds herself falling for Taffi, the enemy’s son.I really liked this story. You will alternate between Dahlia and Liana’s stories. I really enjoyed the description that went into the genies history. Although both women are from different times I really enjoyed how they managed to work together. You can’t help feeling for both women, although ages apart they both have troubles to bear. There is a little romance with Liana and Taffi but it was written so it doesn’t take away from the story.

I think this is a great story of genies. I have not read many stories about them and I really enjoyed this one. I think if you like fantasy you should check out this book. It will not be what you expected and you will really like it.

I received Tribal Affairs from iRead Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

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