Trespass

Trespass

Book - 2010
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In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel. Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he's become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister, Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life.

Into this closed Cévenol world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London. Now in his sixties, Anthony hopes to remake his life in France, and he begins looking at properties in the region. From the moment he arrives at the Mas Lunel, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion.

Two worlds and two cultures collide. Ancient boundaries are crossed, taboos are broken, a violent crime is committed. And all the time the Cévennes hills remain, as cruel and seductive as ever, unforgettably captured in this powerful and unsettling novel, which reveals yet another dimension to Rose Tremain's extraordinary imagination.

Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 2010
ISBN: 9780701177942
0701177942
Branch Call Number: FIC Trema 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 253 p

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molly
Aug 26, 2016

Excellent excellent

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GLNovak
Feb 27, 2014

This is a mystery but not in any of the formulaic styles I am used to. I would say the mystery is secondary to telling the stories of the aging characters, their loves, hates, schemes, desires. We meet one child, herself with issues, but all the rest are long past childhood in years yet still locked into roles they assumed when young. Very dark story lines with little sunshine, even though the narrative takes place in the heat of summer in southern France. No one seemed really happy. The saving grace of this book is the writing, the drawing of compelling characters and the depiction of a full and rich sense of place.

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2012

An excellent thriller about betrayal from this great writer.

Booksnob Nov 15, 2011

For plot, writing style, character development, Tremain is a 5 star writer. Characters in this novel are fascinating in their very human failings. Homosexuality, child abuse,
murder...all are handled expertly making for an unforgettable story. Appalling tragedies of family history and misguided love. Horrible and touching at the same time. Read it.

debwalker Mar 05, 2011

"A compelling murder mystery set in this ancient and mysterious part of France. Its themes of sibling love and hate, family dysfunction, ageing, and bitter envy, make it compulsive reading. Trespass is beautifully written with a terrific story and a wonderful sense of place."
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AndrewL
May 28, 2010

Author doesn't need to make main characters of the book to be SO special to tell the story. It doesn't affect plot at all.

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May 28, 2010

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