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Significance By Jo Mazelis Significance Lucy Swann is trying on a new life She s cut and dyed her hair and bought new clothes but she s only got as far as a small town in northern France when her flight is violently cut short When Inspecto
  • Title: Significance
  • Author: Jo Mazelis
  • ISBN: 9781781721872
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • Significance By Jo Mazelis Lucy Swann is trying on a new life She s cut and dyed her hair and bought new clothes, but she s only got as far as a small town in northern France when her flight is violently cut short When Inspector Vivier and his handsome assistant Sabine Pelat begin their investigation the chance encounters of her last days take on a new significance.Lucy s death, like a stone throwLucy Swann is trying on a new life She s cut and dyed her hair and bought new clothes, but she s only got as far as a small town in northern France when her flight is violently cut short When Inspector Vivier and his handsome assistant Sabine Pelat begin their investigation the chance encounters of her last days take on a new significance.Lucy s death, like a stone thrown into a pool, sends out far reaching ripples, altering the lives of people who never knew her as well as those of her loved ones back home.
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    About "Jo Mazelis"

    1. Jo Mazelis

      Jo Mazelis is the author of short stories, non fiction and poetry Her collection of stories, Diving Girls Parthian , was short listed for the Commonwealth Best First Book and Wales Book of the Year Her second book, Circle Games Parthian , was long listed for Wales Book of the Year Her stories and poetry have been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in various anthologies and magazines, and translated into Danish Significance is her debut novel, and is a 2015 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winner.Born and educated in Swansea Jo returned to her home town in 1991 after working in London for many years During the 1980s she worked as a graphic designer, photographer and illustrator for the magazines City Limits, Women s Review, Spare Rib, Undercurrents, Everywoman and New Dance.

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    1. When the publisher contacted me to see if I would like to review Significance I thought it looked intriguing but I did not expect that I would love it as much as I did this was a truly amazing and involving read that gripped me utterly, I read it in a few huge gulps this weekend and I am actually very sad to have finished it.Haunting and beautifully written, we follow Lucy during her last few days of life and the people and situations she interacts with After her body is discovered, these chance [...]


    2. The central story is the murder of Lucy Swann but where this story differs from most crime fiction is that the main focus is not on the murder or criminal investigation itself Rather than centring the story around finding the killer and bringing them to justice, the author chooses to look at the characters involved I say involved, meaning both those who interacted with Lucy before her murder and others who involved themselves in some way after the crime was committed Ms Mazelis explores the thou [...]


    3. On the surface, this book is a murder mystery Lucy walks away from her former life, changes her appearance, becomes a different person, crosses the path of a number of people in a small town in Northern France, and is then found murdered Inspector Vivier and his assistant Sabine become involved we watch the progress of their investigation, but also their complex and fascinating relationship But this is so much than a murder mystery Every character who touched Lucy s life has a story of their ow [...]


    4. Lucy Swann is dead She came to France to escape her life in England She changed her hairstyle, her clothes, her outlook and spent just a few days in an ordinary hotel room in an anonymous town in France.During those few days, Lucy met or was associated with various people, both local and visitors, and it is these people who form the chapters, and the detail of this incredibly clever book It doesn t matte whether Lucy spoke in depth to these people, or just briefly encountered them, the author en [...]


    5. Lucy Swan is hoping for new beginnings she has new clothes, an interesting hairstyle, and in an anonymous hotel room in a small northern French town, she hopes to reinvent herself But this fresh start is tinged by tragedy, and unfortunately, Lucy never gets her fresh start Her untimely death uncovers a web of interconnected stories, the significance of which only emerges as the story progresses.In parts, this is a murder mystery, but underneath the sum of its parts it s so much than an investig [...]


    6. Compelling and evocative crime novel with an interesting style each short chapter is from the perspective of someone who encountered the murder victim It was hard to put down I will say it was a little edgier than what I prefer, but since my comfort zone is a Cotswold cozy, it s all relative I found out about this literary thriller by looking at the list of winners of the 2015 Fiction Uncovered prize, which rewards the best British fiction that deserves attention across all genres I recommend b [...]


    7. One of my favourite types of dishes on MasterChef is when they dis assemble traditional dishes and present the constituent parts in a completely different way.A teardrop of meringue in one corner of the plate, a scratch of lemon curd in another, a crumb of shortbread in between them and a random scraping of clotted cream somewhere else just to give it a little bit of a different takeWell, that s the culinary equivalent of this book, that is.It s a murder mystery but presented to us in a way that [...]


    8. Significance is a literary crime novel in which the whodunnit and even the whydunnit is less significant than the mystery of who the victim is or who any of us are , the impact made by one person s existence, and the consequences of murder for those who knew, or even briefly met, the victim in the hours and days before the horrific event It opens with a young woman who, intriguingly, has chosen to disappear from her life, perhaps experiencing a breakdown, perhaps not, though her sense of disloca [...]


    9. I came across this book while looking for a mis shelved title at the library What a lucky find It is one of the most engaging, well written novels I have read in a long time Captivating prose, a thrilling plot, complex characters and unexpected outcomes Such a treat Mazelis leads readers across a beautiful narrative that examines interconnected events, the effects of our actions on others and, ultimately, how well we can know ourselves A breathtaking read.


    10. This is beautifully written book and the interplay of characters is fascinating I do wonder if Ms Mazelis ran out of steam toward the end The book is definitely worth reading if you like clever interplay, well crafted writing and multiple stories within the main plot For me it needs a complete ending and less telegraphing of the end in the final few chapters I understand this is a first novel, and if so then wow , what a debut.


    11. Lucy.Hoping to start a new,Hoping to change everything.She heads to France and little does she realise these next few days will be the finale of her life.A mystery without being a stereotypical mystery novel.A cast of intriguing characters.Written with depth and poetry this is a unique and enjoyable novel.


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