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Black Water Lilies Audiobook

Black Water Lilies

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Giverny. During the day, the home of the famous artist Claude Monet and the gardens where he painted his water lilies. But once the tourists have gone, there is a darker side to the peaceful French village. This is the story of 13 days that begin with one murder and end with another.

Jérôme Morval, a man whose passion for art was matched only by his passion for women, has been found dead in the stream that runs through the gardens. In his pocket is a postcard of Monet's Water Lilies with the words 'Eleven years old. Happy Birthday.' Entangled in the mystery are three women: a young painting prodigy, the seductive village schoolteacher and an old widow who watches over the village from a mill by the stream.

All three of them share a secret. But what do they know about the discovery of Jérôme Morval's corpse? And what is the connection to the mysterious rumoured painting of black water lilies?

©2016 Presses de la Cite (P)2016 Orion Publishing Group

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    Ann Brighton, United Kingdom 22/07/2016
    Ann Brighton, United Kingdom 22/07/2016 Member Since 2007
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    "Dreadful reader"

    I read a good review of the printed form of this book, on the strength of which I bought the audible version. Less than half way through I returned it as the reader made it unlistenable. I found myself drifting off and missing chunks of story - she reads with a sort of world weary dreariness, every character sounding the same. I think this may be a good book but the reader ruins it completely.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick dublin, Ireland 10/07/2016
    Patrick dublin, Ireland 10/07/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "Intriguing conclusion but....."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This book could do with serious editing. While the conclusion is unexpected and original, there were long sections when it was difficult to remain interested - not helped by the monotonous reader.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michel Bussi before, how does this one compare?

    I have not read any of his other books and don't think I ever will.


    What didn’t you like about Joan Walker’s performance?

    A very affected voice which became progressively more irritating. There are three main characters in the book, one a child, one a young woman and the other an 80 year old and she made them all sound alike.


    Do you think Black Water Lilies needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Most of the characters were dead at the end....so unlikely!


    Any additional comments?

    There are so many excellent readers around it is hard to understand why such a dull one was selected for this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    jules hutchinson 20/09/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous book"

    very enjoyable book, with a great twist. I will look up the authors other work.

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    cynical chick 02/08/2016
    cynical chick 02/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow! A captivating, emotional and dark story."

    This is a story that surprises you in the richness of the characters and description of life in the French town of Giverny. Beautifully written, intriguing and mysterious; the story is told mainly through the eyes of an 86 year old widow. I was blown away by the ending of this story. You know it's been an amazing read when you literally gasp out loud and then question everything you've read. Brilliant. I loved the narration of the story too. Definitely one of my favourite reads. If you enjoy Joanne Harris or Carlos Ruiz Zafron, then you'll love this.

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