Cover- Though its an E- book yet it is not devoid of cover. The cover is very attractive and catchy which reminds you of two lovers who are intimately involved.
Plot- The plot is strong and crisp. The story is of a young painter Eve and her dark past in name of Guy Leguerec which haunts her in her present and leads to series of incidents which are enthralling and intriguing.
Setting- The setting is at two place, Boston and Paris. Though there are names of some places mentioned in the stories but basically the story revolves around these two places.
Characterization- The characters are artistically characterized. Guy's character is the round character. He undergoes change according to the situation. He is a real hero who from being the son of a fishermen becomes rich. He is typical hero of earlier times whose main possession is hard work. On the other hand, Steve serves as a foil to Guy who is the antagonist and creates many misunderstandings between Guy and Eve but despite of his evil ways, he can't separate the two. Eve is the protagonist of the novel who happens to be a Painter and her work is beautifully reflected in her 'Nineteen Mysteries' which gets sold on the first day of her exhibition. She goes through ups and down till the end and finally all her questions are answered and suspense is revealed. On the other hand, Madame Samson serves as a motherly figure for both Guy and Eve which acts as a catalyst in both of their lives. And other minor characters also play a vital role in the moving of the story.
Language- The language is very glossy and has decorated flowery words which makes the story beautiful. And the use of French words highlights the French accent and atmosphere, that serves as a sugar coating on the cake.
French and English- In some way this novel tells us the difference between French and English through the characters of Eve and Guy. Eve is an English whereas Guy is French. Guy is in habit of speaking French when he is in his thinking mode and has that accent. The use of French words shows author's nativeness as a French author.
Narrative- The author has used point of view technique. And in this he has used first and third person narratives which shows wideness in the work.
My Observation- It took me just three hours to finish the 175 page novel. I especially liked the use of right word at the right time. The description was so artistic that I could visualize the scenes and the characters. Though French words are the highlighters yet they go in negatives too. Some words in French makes the reader confused in understanding the meaning of the language. It is a dark romance novel and cannot be called as erotica though the cover reveals so. I would strongly suggest to read this novel if you know about art, about the correct use of language. Further, it can also be used as source material for improving writing skills.
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About the Author-Olivier Lafont is a French author, screenplay writer, and actor. His novel 'Warrior' was published by Penguin Random House, and was shortlisted for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. He has just released his new contemporary romance novel 'Sweet Revenge' exclusively on Kindle. 'Purgatory: The Gun of God' is a fantasy novelette published in South Africa.