If you like Paris, you'll enjoy listening to this book as some of the events in the story unfold at famous attractions throughout Paris and the descriptions of Paris life in general just really spark the mood to make you want to go to Paris. Tremain's characters are fascinating especially as they are seen through the eyes of the main character,13-year old Louis. Louis is intelligent with a creative mind and because of his age, he is granted a sort of immunity in that he is allowed into the lives of people that might not necessarily allow him access on other circumstances. As a result, Louis actually becomes a fairly competent investigator, something that becomes necessary after Valentina disappears, and espeically since no one else seems to be too concerned by her disappearance. Louis's encounters with Moynelle, Valentina's neighbor, with Violette, the maid, and with Gregory, Valentina's Russian boyfriend/author add much to the story and also Valentina herself is quite an enignma so as Louis gets to know her through is own interactions with her as well as what he learns from others, you come to understand her humanity and his love for her. Also, if a dog can be a character in a story, then Tremain has done it very effectively through Sergei the Irish setter. If you're of a more conservative mind, you might not like this story because it does involve a 13 year old's attraction to a woman in her forties and there is some reciprocity of that attraction. However, since this is a coming of age story, I appreciated the relationship that developed between the two and thought it was a great story.
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