I recently took time to peruse the new fiction shelf in our library and how happy I am that I did because my search yielded a wonderful discovery! The Confidant by Hélène Grémillon is a surprisingly good French mystery translated by Alison Anderson about a pregnant Parisian woman in her mid-thirties who recently lost her mother. While reading one of the many condolence letters, she comes across one which defies explanation. The return address is missing and Camille believes the letter has been sent to her in error – up until another letter arrives from the same anonymous person followed by several more. Each letter contains a running narrative about a young artist who lived in France during WWII around the time Camille was born. Camille’s curiosity and fear deepens with each new letter leading her to make a connection between the mysterious letters and her own life.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away. Let me close by saying the ending of this book amazed me and I think it will do the same for you. Tres Bon!