Book review: The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain, ISBN: 9781908313867, Out now to buy.

The Red Notebook Cover

Okay, so it’s not exactly a new release, having been out since 14th April 2015, but I had heard so much praise for this book from my writing/reviewing friends, that when NetGalley offered me the chance to review it I didn’t hesitate for a second and I’m so glad I finally read it because to sum up the book in one word; Perfection. Every so often as a reader, you come across certain books whose story remains with you for many years, leaving an imprint long after you have closed the final pages, and this is most certainly one of those books. Now I know why everyone is raving about The Red Notebook!

Beautifully crafted, delicious prose, credible characters and all this set against the backdrop of some of the most delightfully described streets in Paris, The Red Notebook is everything quintessentially French. The story concentrates on the wonderful Laurent, a bookshop owner, who finds a handbag in an alley and realises it has been stolen from its owner and dumped. However, with only the obvious signs of the purse and mobile phone missing, Laurent feels compelled to keep the bag and try to trace the owner himself by rooting through the many possessions that are still left in the bag. A red notebook is one of the items that holds Laurent’s fascination for it appears to reveal some of the owner’s deepest feelings and thoughts and Laurent finds himself mesmerised by this woman who he has never even met and thus begins his mission to track her down.

The Red Notebook is a mysterious love story about trusting your instincts, those inner feelings and following your heart.

Because this was an online review copy, I have had no choice but to purchase an actual copy of the book because this is one of those beautiful books which I absolutely must have a physical copy of on my bookshelves because I know I will constantly refer back to it in years to come, but more so because I want to introduce my teenage daughter to it, such is the wonderful story telling of its author. That has also meant purchasing a copy of The President’s Hat, which is another hugely popular Antoine Laurain book!

I can not recommend The Red Notebook enough…

I reviewed this book for the wonderful people at NetGalley.


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