The Heatwave by Kate Riordan audiobook

The Heatwave

By Kate Riordan
Read by Miranda Raison

Grand Central Publishing 9781538718018
8.78 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • Regular Price: $35.00

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    Available on 08/18/2020

    ISBN: 9781549106132

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. 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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Summary

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. 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.


Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Tense and deliciously atmospheric, it unravels a mother–daughter relationship with a growing sense of menace. A gripping and thoroughly enjoyable read.” Emma Rous, USA Today bestselling author
“Riordan skillfully manipulates the reader through what initially feels like a ghost story and then, after a revelation that totally recasts the situation, the nail-biting if not entirely plausible page-turner that ensues. S. J. Watson fans will want to check this one out.”  Publishers Weekly
“Exquisite writing and a compelling story that will keep you up late into the night.” Katie Fforde, author of A Rose Petal Summer
“A taut and stunning novel about a toxic mother-daughter relationship. The writing is rich and multilayered, but it’s the subtlety of the characterizations that hook you and won’t let you go. Powerful.” Gill Paul, author of The Secret Wife
“Pages humming with heat, secrets, and suspense. I loved it.” Dinah Jeffries, author of The Tea Planters Wife

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Author Bio: Kate Riordan

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 8.78
Audience: Adult
Language: English