Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
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Synopsis: The first new novel in four years from the beloved superstar author of Sarah’s Key, a heartbreaking and uplifting story of family secrets and devastating disaster, in the tradition of THE NEST.
The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father’s 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as The City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, all members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances.
In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, De Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer’s skills both as an incredible storyteller but also a soul seeker.
I loved Sarah’s Key so when I saw The Rain Watcher being offered on NetGalley, I immediately requested it, and I’m happy to say that I quite enjoyed it. I have to be honest and say that I found the first thirty pages slow to get through as the Malegarde family is introduced, but once I passed that point I was completely sucked into this story about a dysfunctional family gathering in Paris during a long period of incessant rain that’s not only adding to their woes, but is also threatening widespread devastation for the locals and tourists. It’s the perfect backdrop to what’s happening with this family, and in some ways, the weather and flooding actually becomes another character.
The Rain Watcher is another beautifully written novel by Tatiana de Rosnay, and I highly recommend it to readers who enjoy tightly written stories about family drama.