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The Ruins

The Ruins

Author(s): Phoebe Wynne

Location(s): French Riviera (Cote d'Azur)

Genre(s): Fiction, Suspense

Era(s): 2010 looking back to 1985

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Amidst the glamour of the French Riviera lies the crumbling façade of Chateau de Sètes, a small slice of France still held by the British aristocracy. But this long since abandoned chateau is now up for sale, and two people are desperate to get their hands on it despite its terrible history.

Summer, 1985: Ruby has stayed at the chateau with her family every summer of her twelve years. It was her favourite place to be, away from the strictures of her formal childhood, but this year uninvited guests have descended, and everything is about to change…

As the intense August heat cloaks the chateau, the adults within start to lose sight of themselves. Old disputes are thrown back and forth, tempers rise, morals loosen, and darkness begins to creep around them all. Ruby and her two young friends soon discover it is best not to be seen or heard as the summer spirals down to one fateful night and an incident that can never be undone…

Summer, 2010: One of the three young girls, now grown and newly widowed, returns to the chateau, and in her fight to free herself from its grip, she uncovers what truly happened that long, dark summer.

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Author: Tina Hartas

This is a hard novel to classify, it is part Gothic story, part coming-of-age and part mystery. The author includes a Note to her readers at the beginning, and at the end, in the...

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