I bought this book when it was released a year ago, and I’m so glad that I did because I simply just loved it! Tatiana de Rosnay is one of my favourite writers, and once again, she didn’t disappoint.
Title: The Rain Watcher // Sentinelle de la Pluie
Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Release: March 2018
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Rain Watcher is a contemporary fiction set in Paris during the events of a giant flood. It follows the Malegarde family, who came together to celebrate the parents wedding anniversary. Their primary goal was to have a family reunion that would bring them together, as the parents live in rural France, while Tilia, the 40 years old daughter who was the sole survivor of an accident, lives in London with her daughter and her alcoholic second husband, and Linden, their son, is a worldwide famous photographer and lives in the US with his partner and love of his life. The drama is told through his perspective.
I hadn’t read a book by Tatiana de Rosnay in quite some time, and The Rain Watcher just reminded me of how great of her writer she is. First and foremost, I absolutely adore her writing style. Her descriptions are so enjoyable to read, and I love how she carefully crafts her characters and depicts their feelings. It was definitely a book that was hard to put down. I poured my heart and soul into it with each page. It was all the more interesting to read it in the metro, especially since I hadn’t set foot in Paris in MONTHS.
I really love books that are set in Paris, so this one shall be another to add to the list!
While following a semi-apocalyptic plot, the book managed to remain very original, keeping some great plot twists in store for its reader. It also dealt with family, and growing up, and the people dear to you which made it very fascinating in my opinion.
The story is hard to describe further without spoiling too much about it, but I loved reading about every corner of Paris, and the memories associated with it. My knowledge of the city just made it all the more interesting to me, but such a knowledge is not necessary to enjoy th story! I love how the book stopped on the relationship Linden had with each member of his family. His beloved aunt first of all, his flamboyant sister, his mother, and how much he struggled in his relationship with his father, but also his niece, and his brother in low. And of course, his soft relationship with his partner Sacha who, although he is never really present in the story, is always on Linden’s mind. The Rain Watcher was such a beautiful story about human beings and I enjoyed deeply this aspect of the book.
Overall, this was quite different from what I usually read, which made it a pleasant surprise. This book is precious, and I definitely recommend it. It has such a unique atmosphere, which immediately conquered me (
can you say that in English? I hope so).
Have you read The Rain Watcher, or any other book by Tatiana de Rosnay? Feel free to leave a comment ♥