Fiction Review: Anne-Laure Thieblemont’s “The Collector”

A new Le French Book review!

If it’s not overtly clear by now, I have nothing but the highest respect for the publisher Le French Book, and the people who work there. The ability to translate not just words, but feeling, nuances and great story, opening up a new dimension of great authors and works to English-speaking audiences, is something I admire greatly.

“The Collector” has a very fast pace – a one-sitting read. Make sure to set aside a little time when you get this book, because it will be very hard to put down until the final page!

This is the start to a new series for this author, but it is not her first work. Ms. Thieblemont knows and owns her voice, starting out with strong confidence that carries through the whole book. This was refreshing to read, when there are so many other books that take a few chapters to really warm up. To be immersed in the story from page one, to feel the enthusiasm with which the tale is told from the start, made “The Collector” fun to read, even outside of the actual plot!

It was neat to see a new perspective on French life, through French eyes. I got a look at life in Paris, rather than the countryside focus of the Winemaker Detective. It was interesting to read the Parisian nuances, things I’ve not yet come across in character descriptions set in other places in France. It’s similar to the use of “pop” vs. “soda” here in the United States – little identifiers that round out a person’s background and personality. Once again, I’ve learned something new.

The book is set in the world of art, and Ms. Thieblemont’s descriptions make that world vivid and stunning. The colors, the textures, the contrasts, all were expertly created for the reader. I enjoyed lingering among the display, even as the story compelled me onward.

It will be interesting to see where Marion’s story goes from here! I look forward to finding out.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.


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