Book 1 of my 20 Books of Summer 2021
VOYEUR by FRANCESCA REECE
ABOUT THE BOOK
WRITER SEEKS ASSISTANT TO HELP WITH ARCHIVING/RESEARCH FOR A NEW NOVEL. Don’t bother to apply if your name is Shakespearean or classical.
PARIS AND SOUTH. PART-TIME.
Leah, a young woman who has found herself ‘ambitioned’ out of London, is now aimlessly adrift in Paris. Tired of odd jobs in cafés and teaching English to unresponsive social media influencers, her heart skips a beat when she spots an advert for a writer seeking an assistant.
Michael was once the bright young star of the London literary scene, now a washed-up author with writer’s block. He doesn’t place much hope in the advert, but after meeting Leah is filled with an inspiration he hasn’t felt in years.
When Michael offers Leah the opportunity to join him and his family in their rambling but glorious property in the south of France for the summer, she finally feels her luck is turning. But as she begins to transcribe the diaries from his debauched life in 1960s Soho, something begins to nag at Leah’s sense of fulfilment; that there might be more to Michael than meets the eye.
PUBLISHED BY TINDER PRESS
Leah is the main character of this book and her cynical view on life made me connect with her! She is drifting along in life, not sure of where she wants to go, what she wants to be so just sees where life will take her. And that is Paris to begin with, where she can people watch and teach English part time to earn some money. She finds life in France liberating and soon a job opportunity arises to work for a writer.
Michael is a writer, and sees a girl who takes him back in time as though he’s seen a ghost. She bears a striking resemblance to Astrid, an old flame, and he finds himself smitten. Through his eyes we get the story of how he met Astrid and how their story unfolded. And how those who knew him then, think he’s playing a dangerous game now by being around this young woman.
Leah then spends the Summer with Michael and his family and soon becomes very involved in the family goings on and it’s a very dark and sultry story that plays out.
It’s a very atmospheric story, with some unpleasant characters, but thanks to the setting and the clever way the story is told with the past and present, it really does do a great job of keeping your attention to which way the story will twist and turn next!