By Tatiana de Rosnay
All of it started with an easy beach holiday, a brother and sister recapturing their formative years. Antoine Rey inspiration he had the right shock for his sister Mélanie’s birthday: a weekend via the ocean at Noirmoutier Island, the place the pair spent many chuffed youth summers enjoying at the seashore. It have been too lengthy, Antoine proposal, considering the fact that they’d lower back to the island—over thirty years, in view that their mom died and the family members vacation trips ceased. however the island’s haunting attractiveness triggers more than pleased stories; it reminds Mélanie of anything unforeseen and deeply demanding approximately their final island summer time. whilst, at the force domestic to Paris, she ultimately summons the braveness to bare what she understands to Antoine, her feelings triumph over her and he or she loses regulate of the car.
Recovering from the coincidence in a close-by medical institution, Mélanie attempts to remember what brought on her to crash. Antoine encounters an unforeseen best friend: attractive, streetwise Angèle, a mortician who will train him new meanings for the phrases existence, love and dying. unexpectedly, although, the prior comes swinging again at either siblings, confused with a dismal fact approximately their mom, Clarisse.
Trapped within the wake of a stunning relatives mystery shrouded by way of taboo, Antoine needs to confront his prior and in addition his relationships along with his personal youngsters. How good does he rather be aware of 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 examine the reality approximately his relatives and himself the difficult way.
By turns exciting, seductive and harmful, with a lingering impression that's bittersweet and redeeming, A mystery stored is the tale of a latest family members, the invisible ties that carry it jointly, and the impression it has all through lifestyles.
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She hadn’t been to school beyond the age of twelve, and she knew nothing about the mysterious world of medicine. All she knew was that in a short time, her husband had become incapacitated, and the running of the farm was left to her. It was too much to handle. She took to keeping a loaded shotgun by the door, and a sharp eye out. McNally showed up exactly when he said he would, no doubt already calculating the proﬁts he would make from this easy sale. He was greeted at the door, where he stood with his hat in his hands, by the business end of the shotgun, which he found aimed at his mouth.
If they bought the house, the trunk and books would be theirs, and it wouldn’t be stealing. She didn’t intend to keep it, anyway—she was just going to take it to her friend Wal ter, who owned a used-book store in the city, and was an expert on everything that was printed, from Superman to Shakespeare. He would know what, if anything, they were worth. She pulled her shirt out of her jeans to hide it, and then it was time to go downstairs again. They had already decided, back in the city, that if they liked the place they would put in an offer right away.
Opening one, she found comic books, mostly of the sci-ﬁ variety from the 1950s and ’60s. Francie gave a coo of delight; she wouldn’t be surprised if some of them turned out to be collector’s items, provided they hadn’t mildewed. There was also an aged steamer trunk, the kind she had seen on Antiques Roadshow many a time. She pulled up the fragile domed lid and saw that it was empty. She tried, with her poet’s mind, to imagine what kind of person had owned this trunk, and from where they had come with it, and why.
A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay