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Who doesn’t dream of moving to the South of France where the climate is milder, people more easy going, the landscape more sumptuous, nature ever present and the general mood merrier?
Meet Simone, a 34 year old woman who takes the step to start a new life in the South of France. Together with her husband and two children she buys a tumble-down country house to renovate, live in it and rent part of it as chambres d’hôtes. Reality catches up on their dreams. Where do you find good labor in a strange village where you can’t even find the bakery? How do you soothe your children who had to leave all their friends behind and haven’t yet mastered the new language? How do you maintain an exciting relationship with your husband when the stress of the renovation starts taking a toll? As the work in and around the house picks up, Simone, tired of always adjusting her own life to that of her husband, finds refuge in a passionate affair with the attractive twenty year old Michel. But she slowly starts losing control over her once so well organized life. To make matters worse Peter, the contractor, starts playing a harrowing power game after he catches Simone and Michel in the act and demands hush money. Simone is overcome with doubt and despair. Whom can she trust? Is Michel as trustworthy as he seems? Should she confess the affair to her husband after all? It gradually becomes obvious that Simone stands alone with nobody to fall back on. And then she is suddenly arrested by the police and imprisoned.
Press on Rendezvous:
‘Extremely compelling.’ – Elle
‘You will read Rendezvous almost in one breath.’ – BOEK
‘A surprising dénouement.’ – Opzij
‘Rendezvous is a very intelligent thriller. A nightmare version of the television show No going back. Nailbitingly exciting!’ – Veronica Magazine
‘Madame Bovary revisited for washed out women (and men) who dream in silence of a Secret Love and a New Life.’ – HP/de Tijd
‘Rendezvous is just very well written, with an enjoyable style, a page turner you can’t put down before you’ve finished it.’ – ChickLit.nl
‘Verhoef builds up the tension from the very start of this attractive book. She succeeds in turning the story round brilliantly. The action scenes are also the best asset of this book. Very fitting to her genre switch: instead of burning hot firearms, the most important props are now glowing body parts.’ – NRC Handelsblad
‘From beginning to the end very suspenseful.’ – Sis
‘A credible and very strong story.’ – Biblion
‘Verhoef very impressively keeps stimulating your curiosity by interrupting the narrative with short chapters in which Simone is in a prison cell.’ – Jan