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Reviewed by Jennifer Joyce
Lucy Swann is alone on holiday in France when she is brutally murdered. When her body is discovered, it is the responsibility of Inspector Vivier and his assistant Sabine Pelat to find her killer. Significance tells the story of Lucy and those she comes into contact with on that fateful night and the aftermath of her death within the community.
Significance is different to any other crime or thriller that I have read before. Instead of the killer and their reveal being the main focus of the book, it is the people who came into contact with Lucy before she died and their stories that are at the centre. It’s quite a chunky book as there is so much going on with lots of different characters and their stories being added to the mix, creating lots of layers and intrigue. While it was interesting to see these varying accounts of Lucy and the lives of these characters unfold, I did feel that the investigation could be drawn out at times. For me, this could be quite frustrating but I did think the book was well-written with engaging characters. While Lucy and her mysterious death provides the momentum for the book, I was drawn to some of the outside characters more, especially Marilyn. I instantly connected to Marilyn and her situation and I was keen to read more to find out what would happen to her and her family.While I enjoyed the majority of the book, I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed with the ending as it didn’t leave me feeling as satisfied as I would have liked after investing so much time into the book.