Book Review: The Heatwave by Kate Riordan

“The place feels like an old lover I shouldn’t trust, trying to win me over again.”

The 2020 book by Kate Riordan, The Heatwave follows Sylvie Durand who receives a letter calling her back to her crumbling family home in the South of France. In the middle of a sweltering 1990’s summer marked by unusual fires across the countryside, she returns to La Reverie with her youngest daughter Emma in tow, ignoring the deep sense of dread she feels for this place she’s long tried to forget. As memories of the events that shattered their family a decade earlier threaten to come to the surface, Sylvie can’t escape the spectre of Elodie, her first child, and struggles to shield Emma from the truth of what really happened all those years ago.

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