Jeannette De Beauvoir’s Asylum

I received this book courtesy of Ms. Nunn for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Martine Deluc has been given a special assignment. Usually, her job is just being the publicity director of Montreal. Now, she has added public relations liaison to the police department investigating four similar murders. Four different women have been found on park benches. It’s the height of tourist season. Martine is supposed to be keeping the mayor up-to-date on the investigation, and keep the pressure on the police force to solve the crime. I don’t think Julian Fletcher is going to appreciate Martine’s ‘help.’

Story Telling: We get to go to French Canada for this thriller. Martine leads us into this novel directly from her point-of-view.

Likes: This story idea was a good one. I mean you have a serial killer with a tie to a rather shameful part of history. Whenever people decide to gain more funding by changing an orphanage into an asylum, you are not going to have a happy ending for many involved.

Dislikes: Okay, I don’t have a problem with where the novel was set. Montreal sounded pretty. My problems started with all of the French sprinkled through the novel. I don’t speak French, and many in America’s heartland don’t, so this novel hinders a wide range of readers. It makes the read quite frustrating.

Then we have the diary excerpts. These are large passages of italics that tell the story of the asylum. The problem comes that these excerpts derail the tempo of Martine’s narrative. We didn’t get much of a warning that the point-of-view was about to switch either.

Favorite Character: It was Ivan Deluc.

Favorite Quote: Here’s why I like Ivan. “I leaned into him for our ritual good-bye kiss. We had agreed, when we first were married, that we’d never part without one, and we were pretty good about keeping the commitment.” Ivan had a good idea. Rituals can help keep relationships going.

Favorite Scene: Now this is one that I don’t have this time around.

Conclusion: This book might be more suited to those thriller fans that live where French is part of their culture. Enjoy the story.

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