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Interference Kindle Edition
They were the perfect couple—but not all is as it seems.
Young married couple Gabriel and Chloé have a picture-perfect life. But when athletic Chloé suddenly drowns, Gabriel is left to grapple with the mysterious circumstances of her death. Brokenhearted, he pours out his grief in a bereavement group and is consoled by photographer Emma. While the two grow closer, Gabriel can’t help but feel Chloé’s presence everywhere he goes. And as revelations about Chloé slowly emerge, he begins to wonder, is Emma really that different?
From prize-winning and bestselling author Amélie Antoine comes a dark and evocative novel that will keep readers guessing until the final moments—will Gabriel be able to move on with Emma, or will the mystery of Chloé’s death consume him?
From the Publisher
Marvelously, this book stymied my efforts to decipher the puzzle, and kept me reading as quickly as I could until the final pages. Then I went back and read it again to see where I’d missed the clues. Author Amélie Antoine’s skillful, fast-paced writing confounded my every theory about what was behind Chloé’s death, and what role her and her husband’s cast of friends and coworkers played in her life and untimely demise.
I’m eager to share this well-crafted psychological thriller with fans and challenge you to be faster in figuring out what’s going on than I was. Once you’ve finished, you’ll likely find yourself biting your tongue to keep from giving away the book’s secrets!
- Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor
About the Author
Amélie Antoine lives in northern France with her husband and two children. She has always loved writing, particularly stories. In 2011, she published an autobiography titled Combien de temps. Interference is her first novel and was an immediate success when it was released in France, winning the Première Lauréate du Prix Amazon de l'Auto-Édition (Amazon France Self-Publishing Prize) for best self-published e-book. She has since written two other novels.
Maren Baudet-Lackner grew up in New Mexico. After earning a BA from Tulane University in New Orleans, a master’s in French literature from the Sorbonne, and a master of philosophy degree in the same subject from Yale, she moved to Paris, where she now lives with her husband and children. She has translated several works from the French, including the contemporary thriller It’s Never Too Late by Chris Costantini and the nineteenth-century memoir The Chronicles of the Forest of Sauvagnac by the Count of Saint-Aulaire.
- ASIN : B019OKC7HK
- Publisher : Amazon Crossing (1 September 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 3484 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 190 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 88,645 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The descriptions were realistic.
The twists & turns were surprising.
I liked the style of the story being told from the main people's perspective.
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Chloe and Gabriel are a young married couple who appear to have it all. Chloe works in a gym and enjoys her regular swim every morning. Although a Confident swimmer, one morning she tragically drowns, leaving her poor husband to deal with the grief and reality of the rest of his life without her.
Gabriel decides to joins a bereavement group, where he meets Emma, who is a photographer. She wants to put together memory books for the bereaved, something special for them to treasure. As Gabriel and Emma grow closer, Gabriel still struggles to let go of his wife and move on.
The book is told by the 3 main characters, Chloe, Gabriel and Emma in real time.
I agree with another reviewer, for the first half I could not put this book down, it was well written and I was enjoying learning about the 3 main characters. My favourite being Emma as she seems to be a regular girl who knew what she wanted from life and was pursuing her dream career. Very different from Gabriel's wife, Chloe, who has had a privileged upbringing and used to getting her own way.
But suddenly you are hit with a whopper of a twist that I just did not see coming, and for me was a little far fetched. The tone of the book changed and The characters were just not as they first appeared. I carried on with the book to see what else it had in store, and there were several more shockers that were unexpected.
A very well written book, and you can't even tell that it has been translated into English. This would have got 5 stars if the book had continued as it had the beginning, but for me the twists were too 'out there' and Unbelievable.
I thought this was going to be a psychological thriller, but it was a damp squib to be honest.
A lot of people are comparing this to Gone Girl and they are nothing alike in tone, depth or quality, GG is a genuinely shocking thriller which makes the implausible seem justified. In comparison, Interference is random, full of plotholes and twists which are designed to shock but don't seem to fit with the established characters so don't seem justified and the shock factor never really hits.
From reading the reviews I think a lot of people were sent this book for free!
It starts very well, and the writing style is good. I liked the first 70%, and for that 70% the strangely muted emotional detachment of the author was OK. I was hooked! However, and without giving anything away, the last part of the book is pretty dreadful and lets down the first part. It's almost as if, in the last part of the book, the writer just wants to reach the end as soon as possible, and doesn't really care how we get there. I really found the last third of the book difficult, and the ending was very predictable.
It's a shame because some kindle writers are absolutely shocking with characterisation and quality of writing, but the ideas are OK. Here it's the other way round. The idea is terrible, but the book, certainly the first 70%, is very well written.
Onwards and upwards.....................
Someone should have told Amelie to change the idea, because it could never, ever work.
Twists aren't good just because they're surprising, they need to actually make sense in the context of the story. The twists in this novel are idiotic. Chloe wasn't dead, it was all just a TV show? Are you serious? For €500,000 a woman is willing to put her entire family, her friends and her husband through 6 months of anguish? Not only that but she's willing to live basically in solitude for the duration? I can't imagine a human being who would find that to be a worthwhile trade, least of all when she and her husband seem to be quite successful and are able to live comfortably. Chloe's opinion of her husband's grieving doesn't really make sense either: she's annoyed that he's moping around, even though that is completely ideal for her situation in the game and any prospect of getting back with her widower husband. She also seems keen for him to sell off her old, expensive clothes. She'll presumably want to wear them again at some point? Or is that what the €500,000 is for?
As for Emma, she was in on the whole scheme too? Okay, let's just invalidate basically her entire story so far. Emma's story is told in the first person, she talks of her dreams of becoming a photographer, and how she's moving away to help that dream. She doesn't mention any TV shows. When she first bumps into Gabriel she just describes him as a man, not "this guy I've been paid to seduce". Why is Emma lying to us? Is she in cahoots with the author in trying to pull the wool over our eyes? There are right and wrong ways to mislead a reader for a twist, having the characters straight-up lie is not the right way. This comes into Chloe's story too, when she's "haunting" Gabriel. She puts glitter paint in the bathroom somehow, despite not being able to go near the house. She messes up his order in the cafe so that her favourite drink gets added to the order. How could she have possibly achieved that?
Anyway, Emma - who originally is made to pretend to fall in love with Gabriel - ends up doing the same thing that literally every single character who has ever been in that situation does, she falls in love with Gabriel. Why? Just because he "gets" her.
Emma's story ends with another completely nonsensical twist: unknown to her she is now the focus of yet another reality TV show, which is revealed in the brilliant line "Benjamin takes off his glasses and discreetly checks that the micro SD card hidden in one of the temples is working." How do you even go about discreetly checking that an SD card is working? Did he discreetly take it out, plug it into his laptop and watch back what had just been recorded? And what is the topic of this reality show? This is just a twist thrown in, purely for the sake of there being a twist.
Gabriel as a character is barely worth talking about. He seems to immediately forgive his wife for faking her death, along with basically everyone else in the book. Chloe's manager who was nasty to her prior to her "death" no longer is, because apparently faking your own death is how you earn respect in the workplace. As we later find out though Gabriel didn't actually forgive her and in the end he murders her. Although a murder isn't really necessary, she seems to just stumble towards her own death. He gives her too much to drink and some extra painkillers, and basically suggests she goes swimming, which she agrees to, of course, "No wait for me! I want to go swimming too!" literally just lines after saying "My head is spinning...I'm too weak to sit up."
In all, I don't really know what the point of this book was. Is it meant to be disparaging of reality TV? It paints the reality TV people as comic-book villains who care about nothing but ratings. Yet, in the end, the show is a flop. So what's the point? This isn't a damning indictment of reality TV culture because the book itself even concedes that people wouldn't watch this show. It's funny, because the TV show is just the events of the book, so the author isn't showing much confidence in her own story.
I think this is just cheap fiction trying to cash in on the popularity of books like Gone Girl. It's a shame because up until the twist, the book had me interested, but the twist completely ruined it.