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The Shadow Falls by Georges Simenon

The Shadow Falls (1937)

by Georges Simenon

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Wealthy Oscar Donadieu, a pillar of society in small town La Rochelle, is found dead at low tide in the harbor under mysterious circumstances. However, this is not one of Simenon's Maigret novels, nor is it even a crime novel, although the cause of Donadieu's death is never determined.

Oscar in life had dominated his family, and they lived their confined lives precisely following his iron-clad rules and practices. But soon their bourgeois façade begins crumbling. Madame Donadieu, Oscar's wife, is stunned to discover she has been disinherited, and she begins meddling in the family business. Eldest son Michel is caught in an unfortunate and complicated entanglement with a secretary. His unconventional wife receives male visitors in her smoky boudoir. Youngest daughter Martine runs off with Phillipe, a scoundrel who is soon scheming to take over the entire Donadieu fortunes. Youngest son Kiki has nervous fits and engages in shenanigans with his "tutor."

This is a novel of the dark psychology of an outwardly respectable family, entirely concerned with appearances, as it accomplishes its own demise. A well-written book and an enjoyable read.

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  arubabookwoman | Jan 29, 2017 |
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