Friday, 18 May 2018

The Blue Room by Georges Simenon

"She made a point of behaving as provocatively as possible as soon as she entered the room."

A steamy affair can have serious consequences and words thrown away in passion take on additional meaning after the fog of lust has lifted. Such is the central premise of this brilliantly realised novel. The words ooze with musky carnality as a mystery unfolds. 
How to discuss the novel without giving too much away. I have to admit that is a little difficult.

Almost as disturbing is how close to home the character of AndrĂ©e felt at the beginning. Just for the record, I'm not a bunny boiler. I guess I responded to the luxurious idea of the illicit affair as an escape from the everyday monotony of settling for someone that doesn't exactly set your insides alight. While most in that situation would contemplate a neater solution, say divorce for example, in this case things get decidedly murkier.

5 out of 5 - seductive noir in a small village makes for a taut, suspenseful read.

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