Losing the Light

Washington Square: S. & S. Feb. 2016. 336p. ISBN 9781501109423. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781501109416. F
Thirty-year-old Brooke Thompson encounters someone from her past who reminds her of the tangled life she once led. As a young woman, shy, reserved Brooke is studying abroad in Nantes, France. She is accompanied by Sophie, who is more worldly and able to draw Brooke out of her shell. The two women form an intense bond, the kind of deep friendship that occurs when you're young and out of your usual element. The two meet Veronique and Alex and are drawn into a lifestyle for which neither is quite prepared. Alex introduces them to the beauty of France, art, and money (and all of money's pleasures). Sophie, Brooke, and Alex find themselves in an obsessive love triangle that Brooke doesn't want and Sophie can't handle.
VERDICT In her debut, Dunlop writes of a fizzy, decadent world, filled with the intense relationships that young love brings, whether that feeling is for a person or for a beautiful location. Nantes becomes a living place in the book, and the reader hopes that both Brooke and Sophie can escape the pull of sexy, enigmatic Alex.
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