Monday, June 27, 2016

The Chrysalis by Catherine Deveney

Everything can be changed. Except the past.

Marianne might be losing her memory, but she remembers the night, almost five decades ago, when Patrice Moreau was knifed to death.

She knows who murdered him, too, in the hidden room in the flat above the bar. And unbeknownst to her carers at the nursing home, the frail, sharp-tongued old lady once traded the truth for love.

Only one person gets on with the irascible Marianne. And that’s Zac, a troubled young carer with a secret of his own. However closely he guards the truth, though, Marianne’s guesses come dangerously near. After all, she knew a man like Zac before. She helped him disappear.

She helped him become a woman.

Haunted by the events that fatal night in an idyllic French town, the dying Marianne makes a last trip there. She takes Zac with her, convinced that the hidden world of Bar Patrice can set him free, too. Before that can happen, though, everyone must confront one last, painful truth.
I am always happy when a book corrupts you for every other book that will follow. After reading Chrysalis, I will never be the same reader again.
There are good books, and there are amazing books, and then there are books that twist your soul in a tease of literary pleasure and change your very core. Chrysalis is one of the third kind. 
It grabbed me from the very first sentence and I dare say it still hasn't relieved its grip on me. Chrysalis is not just an average thriller, it works on levels ranging from psychology and soul searching, to the perfect crime escape theories. 
The style is exceptional, the story line brilliant and post-reading effect- devastating in the best possible way. I didn't expect much, and I was blown away. The character building is so detailed that you almost feel this actually happened with real people... and you know... there are people who undergo the same character growth and it is not easy on them. 
To some it up, this novel is probably going to be the book of the year for me. It is everything you can wish for with a cherry on top. The easiest five fox ever! I will definitely recommend it to all the people out there who love The Danish Girl!!!!