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The Heatwave
The Heatwave | Kate Riordan
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Under the scorching French sun, a tense homecoming unearths a long-buried family secret in this deliciously propulsive beach read of a mother's greatest fear brought to life. Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was manipulative. Elodie is dead. When Sylvie Durand receives a letter calling her back to her crumbling family home in the South of France, she knows she has to go. In the middle of a sweltering 1990's summer marked by unusual fires across the countryside, she returns to La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma in tow, ignoring the deep sense of dread she feels for this place she's long tried to forget. As memories of the events that shattered their family a decade earlier threaten to come to the surface, Sylvie struggles to shield Emma from the truth of what really happened all those years ago. In every corner of the house, Sylvie can't escape the specter of Elodie, her first child. Elodie, born amid the '68 Paris riots with one blue eye and one brown, and mysteriously dead by fourteen. Elodie, who reminded the small village of one those Manson girls. Elodie who knew exactly how to get what she wanted. As the fires creep towards the villa, it's clear to Sylvie that something isn't quite right at La Reverie... And there is a much greater threat closer to home. Rich in unforgettable characters, The Heatwave alternates between the past and present, grappling with what it means to love and fear a child in equal measure. It's an atmospheric and moving exploration of the bond between a mother and her daughters, and the lengths she will go to keep her children safe. With the lush landscape and nostalgia of a heady vacation read, Kate Riordan has woven a gripping page-turner with gorgeous prose that turns the idea of a summer novel on its head.
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emmaturi
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An enjoyable thriller/drama set in France. A mother and her daughter go to their house in France to try to sell it. It is full of memories for the mother of the elder daughter that we only hear about in the past. You really wonder what happened to her. It is summer so you really feel the oppressive heat, coming from the pages. It keeps you guessing which is good.

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kathytrithardt
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Question of the day: what conditions make reading difficult for you? #QotD

For example, my province hit an all time record breaking high yesterday during this heat wave, making my brain into soup.

Hope you are staying safe where ever you are. Remember to tag me in any responses!

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TheNerdyProfessor
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This was a fun, moody read. It felt like an atmospheric experience - Riordan did a great job capturing the Frenchness of the setting. Sylvie returns to her family home with one daughter all while reliving trauma inflicted by her other daughter. The chapters are short and mysterious, and the story switches between present day and her memories of the home and family from the 1960s-1980s. A slow burn that will make you long for the summer heat.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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I love these book ends!! 🤗🤗 So excited that they finally came in. 🥳

AmyG Those are fantastic! 12mo
ElleSkel I love them! 😍 12mo
Megabooks Awesome!! Where did you get them? 12mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Megabooks Zulily!! They were pretty cheap and the magnets are surprising strong! 12mo
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Airykah13
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The Heatwave by Kate Riordan
Genre: Thriller

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This was a slow burn thriller that kept me wondering what would happen next. Told in two time periods, this is a story that will leave you wondering about what you would do if you had a psychopath for a daughter.

Sylvie has come back to her family home, one she hasn‘t been to since the death of her daughter, Elodie. I love a story with family secrets and this one had plenty.

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Kappadeemom
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Got this back today from @BarkingMadRun for #LMPBC! Thank you @suvata for a great club! #9

suvata It was a great round 1y
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BarkingMadRun
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BarkingMadRun
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This arrived just before the weekend! Looking forward to it! @shellleigh33 @Kappadeemom @Velvet #lmpbc and it‘s #suspense so it count for #teamslaughter #scarathlon2020 @Clwojick

shellleigh33 Sorry it‘s late and I still haven‘t got your book that you picked in the mail yet so as soon as I get it from @Velvetsun I will get it read and sent your way. 1y
Clwojick 🎉 ☠ 🙌 Awesome! Way to go #TeamSlaughter! 🎉 🎊 👏 1y
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shellleigh33
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Finally got my #LMPBC package in the mail today from @Velvetsun Will get the tag book read and in the mail to @BarkingMadRun as soon as possible. And excited I got my book back so soon. Was surprise to get it before the third one came. Did you mean to send it @Velvetsun

BarkingMadRun I sent the confession, I finished it early so I mailed it early 1y
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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An atmospheric, creepy, summer read. Riordan does a fantastic job transporting the reader to an old summer home in the South of France during a heatwave. Told in alternating timelines, a mother reveals events that transpired with her older daughter that they lost years ago. With vibes of the Omen or Rosemary's Baby, I was kept completely intrigued all the way up until the very end of the book.

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Cinfhen
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Well that was interesting 🥵I didn‘t necessarily enjoy this book but I honestly couldn‘t put it down. Sylvie is forced to return to her childhood home, she once fled. Once home, the ghosts of her past return & she‘s confronted with all the demons. #NetGalley #ARC #LittensDressedInBlood #BookSpinBingo #PopSummer20

TheAromaofBooks It's always weird when you get hooked into a book and then get done and think... Wait a second, I didn't really actually enjoy that haha 1y
TrishB I think this cover implies a different book. It‘s dark. 1y
squirrelbrain I agree with @TrishB - the cover doesn‘t represent this book at all. I liked it, but it was uncomfortable... 1y
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Cinfhen Hahaha, yes exactly @TheAromaofBooks although even while I was reading it, I wasn‘t really feeling it. True @TrishB @squirrelbrain it wasn‘t the book I was imagining either and maybe that‘s why I wasn‘t “enjoying” it. 1y
Cinfhen Ahhhh @BarbaraBB #LittensDressedInBlack is a Halloween theme read that @MidnightBookGirl has started in August, because it‘s never too early to start celebrating 👻🎃💀🧡 1y
BarbaraBB Lol 😁 good to know. And a great hashtag! 1y
Cinfhen Love the hashtag but that‘s all from @MidnightBookGirl @BarbaraBB are you home??? 1y
BarbaraBB Haha! I like Black better, we should think of a way to use that one 😉😁 1y
Cinfhen Yes!!!!!! Definitely @BarbaraBB it‘s my UNIFORM 1y
BarbaraBB Same here 👯‍♀️ 1y
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Cinfhen
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Starting an #ARC for the #NetGalleyReviewReadathon and this book ticks off #popSummer20 prompt #SunSandWaveInTitle plus creepy old house and mention of ghosts makes this perfect for #LittensDressedInBlood

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KarenUK
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Unsettling & atmospheric, this story of a broken family set during an oppressive heatwave, had me gripped. I loved the slow reveals, alternating timelines and the ominous pacing. There is a return to a neglected home in southern France, where something bad has happened and secrets have been kept....until now! With hints of Shriver‘s Kevin, I couldn‘t tear myself away from this sultry page turner, perfect to throw in your beach bag.
#popsummer20

MicheleinPhilly I really enjoyed this one too. 2y
TrishB Me too 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, maybe it‘s still available on #NetGalley 2y
CarolynM Sounds good. Stacked. 1y
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KarenUK
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.... when the ARC you are reading for #popsummer2020 mentions a book you have just stacked to fill another prompt for the same challenge! Spooky!

Crazeedi Serendipity ! 2y
KarenUK @Crazeedi my favorite word! 😍💕🎶 2y
Crazeedi @KarenUK one of mine too 💗 2y
Cinfhen Cool beans!!!! 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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This is precisely the type of book I would DEVOUR during vacation. There is a suspenseful air to it that I was not expecting but it made me turn the pages that much more quickly. Brilliantly atmospheric and spooky. 4🌟 and a mammoth orange creamsicle vodka slushy.

MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @squirrelbrain This is precisely why I don‘t have children. 2y
vivastory Did you bring enough to share? 😄 2y
squirrelbrain 🤣🤣 Me too Michele! And I need some of that slushy - did you make it yourself?! 2y
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LeahBergen For the love of God, woman - give me the recipe for that drink, STAT. 2y
TrishB I love that you‘re having holiday drinks 🥤 the scariest thing ever is having kids. 2y
Bette 🍹all I want is a taste...🤣😂 2y
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory @squirrelbrain @LeahBergen @TrishB @Bette I did not make it myself. Our local bottle shop has been offering different flavored slushies all summer with your choice of alcohol. I have been partial to the watermelon thus far but this easily takes the crown. I‘ve already asked them to keep it in the rotation. 2y
Reviewsbylola 🤤🤤🤤 1y
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TrishB
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Read this thanks to @squirrelbrain and it‘s one of those surprising, really good reads.
I think the cover is very misleading and I definitely wouldn‘t have picked up based on that.
A dark, twisty tale that had my heart beating a couple of times 👍🏻

squirrelbrain Yes, I agree, a very misleading cover. It looks very much like The Holiday, and I expected it to be a similar book but it‘s not at all. Glad you liked it! 2y
VeganCleopatra This is already out in kindle outside the US eh? 2y
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Kappadeemom
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This book is headed your way @Velvetsun for #lmpbc

Kappadeemom Just checking to see if you received this book? @Velvetsun 2y
Velvetsun @Kappadeemom yes! It arrived this weekend. Sorry, it‘s been a crazy few days. Can‘t wait to start it! 🥰 2y
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squirrelbrain
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At first I wasn‘t sure about this book, as it wasn‘t what I expected. #neverjudgeabook...

Sylvie has to return to her house in France after abandoning it 10 years earlier when her daughter Elodie died. Her other daughter was only 4 when they left and doesn‘t know the full story of Elodie.

It‘s a very dark tale as we learn what happened back then, and the current day implications.

I ended up loving it, couldn‘t put it down!

#bookspin

TrishB That sounds like it‘s worth 99p! Which it currently is. 2y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Right??? Sold! 2y
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly me too 😁😁 2y
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squirrelbrain Oh, yes, definitely @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly - mine was a #netgalley #arc. I expected it to be like the tagged book because of the cover, but it‘s really not. It‘s very twisty turny, none of which I guessed beforehand.... I hope you‘ll like it. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
JamieArc I‘m really craving water right now, so I would buy that just for the cover. 2y
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Kappadeemom
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Appropriate reading today #Lmpbc

squirrelbrain Ooh, I‘m just about to start this as my #bookspin book - I hope you‘re enjoying it! 2y
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Rebekah_Wilson27
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This book is interesting. I liked how she writes in a way that draws you in and how there are subtle twists that keep you guessing. This is a sinister read offering an examination of a mother‘s in a desperate situation.