ContemporaryVoyeur by Francesca Reece

Voyeur by Francesca Reece

OINT REVIEW

In this captivating debut by @francesca.ree we are told the story of Leah, who becomes a writing assistant to Michael, an author who was once the star of the London literary scene. Now considerably older and suffering from a considerable bout of writer’s block, their meeting inspires him and he invites Leah to the South of France to spend the summer with him and his family. When she starts transcribing his diaries, it becomes apparent that things are not all they seem.

Voyeur is dry, funny and edgy, laced with an acerbic wit that reminded me of Martin Amis’s books. The author brilliantly evoked the beauty of summertime Southern France and a magic that, under the surface, has significant depth as well as much to reveal. Transportive and evocative, this was an absorbing, stylish and really enjoyable read.

~ Sophie 

God this is such a sophisticated, brilliant debut from a writer that looks nauseatingly adolescent.

@franscesca.ree somehow distils the glamourous hedonism of France effortlessly, the sunshine permeating every page. There is a sense of foreboding weaved through a very relatable exploration of life post uni without ambition when those around you flourish together with privilege, fame and regret.

I loved the intermittent plot in the 60s and the mysterious aura surrounding Michael (the writer employing Leah, our young protagonist). That tortured creative compared to the listless millennial was cleverly done. There is a constant dry wit that elevates Voyeur and gives a maturity and humour that I loved. 

I wanted to read this with a cocktail and cigarette in some elegant bar surrounded by gorgeous European men. @antoniabookspr and @headline you have done it again. Best book cover of 2021. @francesca.ree I would like to drink with you and also require full details of your skincare regime.

~ Chaya

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