It was the cover of Rendezvous that attracted me to it even though I read it on kindle in the end. I really like the cover, a reflection I think of a woman stripped bare in every sense of the word.
The story is told in the first person by Simone who has moved from a fast paced life in Holland to a remote area in France with her husband and two children. They have bought a very run down old house and plan on renovating it and turning it into chambre d’hotes, a bed and breakfast. The house is in much worse condition than they orginally thought and a team of local workmen arrive to help. With them they bring temptation and danger and before long Simone’s life begins to unravel.
We know at the beginning of the story that Simone has been detained by the police for questioning. She is desperate. It takes a while before the nature of the crime is revealed.
The book is very readable, it would make a great holiday read and I know if I had been lying by a pool reading it I wouldn’t have been wanting to stop until it was finished. The story isn’t complicated, but has an element of suspense that reminded me a bit of the writing of Nicci French whose books I really like.
Translated from the Dutch by Alexander Smith.
336 pages, 2010