The Blue Hour

Douglas Kennedy. Atria, $26.99 (368p) ISBN 978-1-4516-6637-3
In Kennedy's (Five Days) melodramatic yet highly entertaining novel, a woman on vacation in Morocco learns that her husband has deceived her in a shocking way. Successful accountant Robin Danvers, after a failed first marriage, hopes she's finally found love and the possibility of parenthood when she meets the wildly talented, passionate artist Paul Leuen. Early in their marriage, his frivolous way with money causes friction, but a romantic trip to Morocco seems just the thing to strengthen their relationship, and maybe they'll conceive a child. When Robin discovers a profound betrayal by Paul, she leaves their hotel without confronting him, only to return to a ransacked room, blood on the wall, and Paul nowhere in sight, putting her at the center of a police inquiry. Kennedy effectively captures the wonders and the darkness of Morocco while propelling Robin on a fraught, dangerous journey filled with increasingly disturbing discoveries of Paul's many secrets. Though there are a few over-the-top moments, the story of a woman who must reconcile her intense love for a man who wasn't who he appeared to be, while finding her own strength, is an expertly painted one. (Feb.)
Reviewed on: 04/04/2016
Release date: 02/01/2016
Genre: Fiction
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-1-4516-6639-7
Hardcover - 558 pages - 978-1-4104-8944-9
Open Ebook - 384 pages - 978-1-4516-6640-3
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-1-5011-3999-4
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