I ordered this book directly from Pushkin Press, as I like their cover designs and the quality of the book construction. I was not disappointed on that aspect. Unfortunately though, the book didn’t really live up to my expectations. I found the book clunky to read and a little on the boring side. Nothing much happens. I think I may have to read this one again, as I’ve received other comments, from a like-minded reader, that makes me think I may have missed something. I did envy Robert’s situation at the end of the story though!
This is the second book I have read by Antoine Laurain, the first being the bestseller, The President’s Hat. With a similar premise to his first book, the story builds around the loss and return of, in this case, a red notebook. The story is predictable, and a little too fluffy for my liking, but the characters are likeable and engaging. Well before the end of this book I realised I would need to change my original expected genre of being a mystery to one of a romantic adventure. This is unlikely to replicate the success of his first novel, but I like the author’s style and will look out for his next book.
At only 112 pages, this book more than punches above it’s weight. Easily read in a single session, you’re left with mixed emotions on how to take this book. It’s a story that tells of two young brothers left in a well. We don’t know why they’re there, only that they were put there on purpose. As time passes, the brothers endure much and have to battle with the elements, their relationship and their own state of mind. But there is always hope!