How to resume a normal life after 2189 days of captivity?

Anne-So “Echos de Mots”, a youth literary blogger and contributor to the reading group 20 minutes Books, I recommend Leonie by Marlène Charine, published on March 23, 2022 by Éditions Calmann Levy Noir.

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From what you have read on the internet, it is called hut syndrome or snail syndrome. Anxiety about leaving a place of confinement that over time has become a cocoon. Something ironic. Leo hates this house and all that it means, but he can’t separate himself from it.

Why this book?

  • Because Léonie is a young woman who has been in captivity for six years, kidnapped at a party by a man named Raymond. When the latter collapses as a result of a heart attack, the heroine finally has a chance to regain her freedom … Unfortunately, things are more difficult for her who had dreamed of this moment for six long years and is will see incapable. facing the outside world, the corpse of his captor in his arms.
  • Because in this raw, immersive and amazing choral novel, the reader will also discover Diane and her brother Loïc. The latter, a former police officer, was the victim of a paragliding accident six years earlier and is now a prisoner of a body that no longer really responds to him and cannot speak. His older sister, Diane, puts all his energy into caring for him and is willing to do anything to make him happy.
  • Because the bond between Léonie and Loïc seems to be summed up at first to the fact that Loïc and his team should have investigated the disappearance of the young woman six years earlier if it had not been for her paragliding accident that occurred the same day. Then a body is found in the forest of the New King, strangely mutilated by a wild beast, and as the plot unfolds we discover the unexpected impact that their lives will have on each other.
  • Because once immersed in this poignant novel by Marlène Charine, it’s very hard to let go as the plot is interesting and the characters are endearing. Above all, you won’t be immune to the dizzying plot twists that will make this book a mesmerizing read. The author moves away from the clichés one might expect in a novel like this and offers us a gallery of realistic characters with difficult journeys.

The essentials in 2 minutes

The plot. Leonie, captive for six years, has the opportunity to regain his freedom when his captor dies. In the end, this long-awaited freedom is disconcerting because it is very difficult for a woman to get out of this house that has been holding her captive for so long.

Characters. Léonie is a young woman who you might think is broken at first glance, but who is full of courage and anger. Diane is a woman dedicated to her brother and who seems to be hiding a heavy repressed past. Loïc is a character with a sharp mind and a humor stuck in a body that no longer responds to him.

Places. The novel could take place in France or in a French-speaking country (probably Switzerland where the author is from) although no place is clearly mentioned.

The weather. The story begins after 2189 days of captivity, that is, five years, eleven months, and twenty-nine days.

The author. Marlène Charine is a Swiss author specializing in thrillers and SFFF (science fiction, fantasy and fantasy).

This book was read with pleasure of Anne-So Echos de Mots, a blogger specializing in children’s and youth literature. “For me, reading can be both a personal pleasure in which one runs to take refuge and an excuse to discuss and meet other readers. I am a lover of words always interested in new discoveries. »

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