Trespassers will not be treated well

15 09 2011

Trespass by Rose Tremain

Set among the hills and gorges of the Cevennes, the dark and beautiful heartland of southern France, Trespass is a thrilling novel about disputed territory, sibling love and devastating revenge.

In a silent valley stands an isolated stone farmhouse, the Mas Lunel.Its owner is Aramon Lunel, an alcoholic so haunted by his violent past that he’s become incapable of all meaningful action, letting his hunting dogs starve and his land go to ruin. Meanwhile, his sister, Audrun, alone in her modern bungalow within sight of the Mas Lunel, dreams of exacting retribution for the unspoken betrayals that have blighted her life.

Into this closed Cevenol world comes Anthony Verey, a wealthy but disillusioned antiques dealer from London. Now in his sixties, Anthony hopes to remake his life in France, and he begins looking at properties in the region.From the moment he arrives at the Mas Lunel, a frightening and unstoppable series of consequences is set in motion.

Really enjoyed this. The setting in the Cevennes works extremely well and Tremain is an excellent and powerful writer. The clashes between the old and the new, France and England, the two Lunels and Verey and his sister and her partner make this a really compelling and rather unsettling novel. Highly recommended.

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