In this mega-bestseller from France and the follow-up to The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles, a woman contends with divorce, family trouble, and even murder in her journey to discover who she really is.
Fortysomething mother of two Joséphine Cortès is at a crossroads. She has just moved to a posh new apartment in Paris after the success of the historical novel she ghostwrote for her sister, Iris. Still struggling with her divorce—the result of her husband running off to Kenya to start a crocodile farm with his mistress—she is now entangled too in a messy lie orchestrated by her sister. And just when things seem they can't get any more complicated, people start turning up dead in her neighborhood.
As Joséphine struggles to find her voice and her confidence amidst a messy web of relationships and a string of murders, she and those around her must learn to push on with determination, like headstrong little turtles learning to dance slowly in a world that's too violent and moving too fast.
Mystery, magic, and murder abound in Pancol's (The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles) tantalizing novel set in modern day Paris. Swept along by her forbidden love for her sister's husband and a string of killings, Jos phine Cort s becomes entangled in a fast-paced, dangerous dance of fate and consequence as she attempts to start a new life after being left by her husband. As the Cort s women Jos phine; her daughters, Zo and Hortense; and her sister, Iris embark on their own paths of self-discovery, they are forced to confront some of the most unsavory truths about love, loss, and triumph. But when tragedy strikes and a succession of violent crimes are committed on Jos phine's doorstep, she has no idea whether she can trust those around her, or save her family. Everyone has something to hide and no one is above suspicion in this slow, calculated game of secrets. Fans of tightly organized suspense will consume each word with bated breath while figuring out who will be caught holding the bloody knife, and who will be left alive to tell the tale. Combining witty prose and breezy wisdom, Pancol's sensational novel is a shape-shifting mystery that will please fans of whodunits and family dramas.