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The Heatwave

The Heatwave

Author(s): Kate Riordan

Location(s): Provence

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1960s - 1990s

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Elodie was beautiful. Elodie was smart. Elodie was manipulative. Elodie is dead.

When Sylvie receives a letter calling her back to her crumbling family home in Provence, she knows she has to go. In the middle of a sweltering summer marked by unusual fires across the countryside, she returns to La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma in tow.

In every corner of the house, Sylvie can’t escape the spectre of Elodie, her first child. Elodie with the golden hair. Elodie, who knew exactly how to get what she wanted. Elodie, whose death the villagers still whisper about.

As the fires creep even closer towards the villa, it’s clear to Sylvie that something isn’t right at La Reverie. Because there’s something that Sylvie hasn’t admitted about what happened to Elodie ten summers ago . . .

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Author: tripfiction

This is bound to be a hit read in the Summer of 2020. It has all the ingredients for an engrossing read: a terrific, slightly dark setting (Provence), a narrative that builds well, and...

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Enter the 2021TripFiction 'Sense of Place' Creative Writing Competition!

A story in which the location plays as important a role as the rest of your words.

2,500 word maximum, 750 word minimum

Judges include Victoria Hislop and Rosanna Ley

First Prize of £1,000 / US$1,350

Prizes total £1,750 / US$2,362 

Winning entry published on TripFiction site and publicised on Social Media

Entries close 6th November 2021