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U.V. by Serge Joncour


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Boris è un giovanotto di cui non si conosce nulla, che si presenta un giorno d'estate a casa dell'amico Philip, uno dei figli della ricca famiglia di produttori vinicoli che vivono nella loro tenuta sull'isola di Brehat, al largo delle coste bretoni. Ogni anni in occasione delle festività del 14 Luglio, Philip organizza dei giochi d'artificio sul mare, a cui Boris risulterebbe invitato. Ma Philip non è a casa, non è ancora rientrato dagli Stati Unit. Il nuovo venuto si presenta indossando un abito elegante completamente bianco, apparizione splendente che incanta insieme alle maniere intrepide e accattivanti della famiglia. Tutti lo trovano irresistibile, meno André Pierre, marito di Vanessa, una delle figlie, che intuisce qualcosa di sinistro. Il gioco di Boris si basa su una messa in scena: incantare, stregare e poi colpire. Un giallo scritto in modo abilissimo, con una scrittura agile che riesce a colpire il lettore. Joncour trasmette le medesime angosce e i medesimi dubbi dei suoi personaggi, rende vivida tutta la carica negativa di questa figura inquietante che si staglia sulla solarità di un'estate e sul seducente paesaggio atlantico. ( )
  cometahalley | Jan 2, 2014 |
Un roman très agréable à lire, voyage dans le monde bcbg... confronté à un grain de sable... qui va faire basculer cette vie bien régulière.
A découvrir ! ( )
  mazel | Sep 24, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0552772496, Paperback)

A literary suspense novel set in the sultry summer heat of a bourgeois French holiday.

When a handsome blonde stranger interrupts a family holiday to introduce himself as an old school friend of their son, Philip, there is nothing to suggest his intentions may be malign. Philip has been away on holiday in America for 18 months and is due to arrive in Brittany any day, so his family, eager to meet any friend of their son, welcome Boris with open arms.

Confident and charming, Boris quickly establishes himself as a centrepiece in the daily routine, organizing midnight swims and daredevil boat rides as he gradually exerts a powerful influence over the family. Only one person remains impervious to Boris's charms — Andre-Pierre, Philip’s brother-in-law. His knowledge of the real, secret reason that Philip has been in America for 18 months gives Andre-Pierre cause to be hugely suspicious of any ‘friend’ who imposes so forcefully upon perfect strangers. Why is Boris so evasive when it comes to talking about his school days? And why is he so hard to identify on an old school photo?

As Andre-Pierre’s suspicions become a conviction that there is a dangerous man in their home, Boris seems to turn a malevolent eye towards him. UV is chillingly quiet with a persistent sense of tension simmering beneath the surface image of a beautiful, elegant holiday among the French elite.

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Summary: Tired of being surrounded by a family who cuddles him and wishing only to live alone, Dudley Penguin waddles away from home and encounters something even worse than an affectionate family. Suggested level: junior

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