About the Book
Jeremy’s mother is about to go to prison for their debt to the State. He is trying everything within his means to save her, but his options are running out fast.
Then Jeremy discovers a treasure under Paris.
This discovery may save his mother, but it doesn’t come for free. And he has to ride over several obstacles for his plan to work.
Meanwhile, something else is limiting his time…
What I thought
This is a self published book, which perhaps explains why the cover is a little plain. However, as the saying goes, “never judge a book by its cover” is certainly true of this book. I was asked if I would like to read and review this book by a friend of the author. I had a read of the sample and thought it sounded OK so agreed to read it.
I’m so glad I accepted, it is an unusual and equally compelling story. The book is set in Paris in the present day. Jeremy is 12 years old and lives with his mother in an apartment with his dog Leon – an Alsatian.
Jeremy’s father died, so his mother is the sole provider in their small family. She works long hours for poor pay and with the threat of unpaid Inheritance Tax hanging over them, Jeremy worries about his mother and their financial situation rather more than a 12 year old boy should have to do.
Jeremy has a heart condition and as a result has been advised to be educated at home for a time. Whilst his mum is out at work all day, Jeremy stays at home with his dog Leon and Therese a neighbour and friend of the family is supposed to home school him. She does pop round to see Jeremy and to help with his school work and generally keeps an eye out for him, but in the main he tends to look after himself and keeps himself occupied with anything but school work.
The main part of the story revolves around a painting that Jeremy finds in the cellar of his home. He spends a lot of time finding out the history of the painting and hopes that it may be worth enough to be able to pay off at least some of his mothers debt, at least to keep the bailiffs at bay and keep his mother from going to prison.
The story is told in the first person by Jeremy. Sometimes I felt that Jeremy had quite a responsible and old head on his shoulders for a 12 year old. He never seems to have any desire to hang around with friends of his own age, as he did go to school up to his doctors suggesting he should stay at home, so must have known some of the children who lived in the area but he rarely mentioned anyone. This really is the only thing that at times made this feel a little far fetched.
Apart from that it is an unusual and fascinating tale. Jeremy spends a lot of his time outdoors with Leon his dog and there are a lot of descriptive parts to the book of Paris and the areas surrounding it. The author did bring Paris vividly to life with his descriptions so that you often feel you are there with him.
It all culminates in a very dramatic last few chapters, which keeps the reader completely enthralled to the end. And what an ending!
I really enjoyed the book, it is very touching in places and can be quite sad but Jeremy never gives up in his quest to help his mum, to trace both the history of his family and the painting and you cannot help but root for him all the way to the end.
♥ Happy Reading ♥
Thank you so much to Estelle Leboucher for a copy of the e-book for review
The book is available for Kindle on Amazon here
About the Author
Indrajit Garai, an American citizen now, was born in India in 1965. After his Bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology and Masters from Havard, he worked as a corporate strategy consultant and as an investment banker in America, Spain and England, while studying parallelly Ayurveda (ancient medicine of India) for stress management. In 2001, after the birth of his daughter, he moved to Paris, opened his private practice of stress management, and then authored six books in this field (five in French and one in English).
Authoring these books on stress management gave him a deep love for writing. Since 2015, he has devoted himself full-time to creative literature.