Jun 28, 2015

Review: The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

Bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street and feels impelled to return it to its owner. The bag contains no money, phone or contact information. But a small red notebook with handwritten thoughts and jottings reveals a person that Laurent would very much like to meet. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
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Review by Suze
Laurent finds an abandoned handbag. He's an honest man and wants to return it to its rightful owner, but Paris is a big city and he has no idea where to find her. Laure has been mugged and the robber hit her on the head. She's in a coma because of the accident. As the robber hasn't left any of her contact information in the handbag Laurent doesn't know it's Laure's bag he's found.
 There are several personal belongings in the bag and Laurent tries to find out more about the identity of the owner of the handbag through them. One of the items is a red notebook. Laurent starts reading it to find clues. Will he be able to find enough clues to find Laure? And will she survive the attack?
The Red Notebook is such a wonderful, romantic story. Of course Paris is a great setting. Laurent is a bookseller and I could totally picture him in his shop. I also liked the idea that he would go through so much trouble to find out more about the owner of an abandoned handbag. I loved the mystery aspect of it. 

Antoine Laurain has captured the beauty and atmosphere of Paris so perfectly. Not only through the descriptions of the city, but also because of his main characters. The bookseller, the gilders, the quirky author and the bold daughter. Everything is exactly right, I could almost taste the food from the pages and feel what Laurent and Laure were feeling. The Red Notebook is the perfect book to read on a bench in a beautiful Parisian park (closing your eyes for a minute and pretend will also work). I love this book so much, I will read it over and over again.


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