Title: The Rain Watcher
Genre: Contemporary, Fiction, & Historical
Expected publication: October 23rd 2018
Where I Got It: My shelf (Netgalley)
The Rain Watcher is a powerful family drama set in Paris as the Malegarde family gathers to celebrate the father's 70th birthday. Their hidden fears and secrets are slowly unraveled as the City of Light undergoes a stunning natural disaster. Seen through the eyes of charismatic photographer Linden Malegarde, the youngest son, all members of the family will have to fight to keep their unity against tragic circumstances.
In this profound and intense novel of love and redemption, De Rosnay demonstrates all of her writer's skills both as an incredible storyteller but also as a soul seeker.
I was drawn in by the cover and then the summary. This is a story that is mainly about the people. Sure there is a natural disaster going on at one point, but the main focus are our characters and their inner storms.
The story is in the POV of Linden who is the youngest son. He is a famous photographer who is also gay and he has told pretty much everyone but he cannot get himself to tell his dad. While he is fighting his demons, we get to see his family who all seem perfect on the outside, but we get to see them battle their demons as well.
I enjoy a good people story. They are so refreshing. This family seems so perfect. Good jobs, good lives, but they are all messes. I like it. It felt real because even the most perfect family is never perfect. Everyone has demons and secrets they must learn to deal with. I felt bad for everyone. I really wanted Linden to be honest with his Dad. His dad seemed like a chill guy. A simple man who loves deeply in the things he likes.
The story did have a few slow moments. Lots of introspection and not a lot of action going. It took forever for anything to occur. Yes, we were focusing on Linden and the other characters, but c'mon lets move forward a hair.
Paris is lovely and I liked the author's descriptive ways. She certainly knew how to not only bring the characters and their issues alive, but she made Paris come alive to me. I really want to go!! Maybe not during the storm tho...
But yes, overall, I did like this story. Lots of slow moments, but the main focus was on the people. I do love people's stories so it was overall worth it. I'll give this 3 stars.