Black Water Lilies begins with a murder and ends with another. The story that unfolds between is one of mystery, intrigue, romance and treachery.
I loved the small village aspect of this book, that there wasn’t too many people to keep track of. When you are second guessing everyone, it’s a little harder to keep everyone straight. Less people to suspect. Although in a small town, everyone knows everyone, so everyone is a suspect.
This book starts with a murder, and quickly evolves into much more than a mystery novel. It’s the story of a village and all of it’s secrets. I love that this novel was set in a real, historic village, where Monet lived. The story involves him in a way, even though everything in this novel happens well after his death.
The author paints a brilliant picture of the village throughout the novel. I actually looked up Giverny online after reading the book and it’s actually quite similiar to what I’d pictured.
On the mystery side, it was very well written. I didn’t see the end coming and was very interested in how the story was going to play out. I must say though that I was only unable to put the book down in the last 50 or so pages, so it did take me a while to read the book. I really liked the character development and the ways that they interacted with each other throughout the novel.
I didn’t realise until looking up this book after I’d finished it that it was translated to English. Usually translated books have some odd sentences throughout it, where it hasn’t really translated properly. I imagine that those sentences were just rewritten to fit English for this novel.
I’d recommend this for lovers of historical fiction, those who like the Impressionists, and anyone who likes a good murder mystery.
Thanks to Hachette for my review copy of Black Water Lilies