The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay was a vivid and beautiful story about a family reunited in Paris for what should be a joyful celebration, but instead is a tragedy. The story is mostly told from the perspective of Linden Malegarde—a successful photographer who grew up with dual citizenship in France before moving to the USA. He has found the man he wants to spend the rest of his life with, but as far as he knows his dad doesn’t know he’s gay. He and his father have never been good at communicating with one another, but their love and affection for each other is apparent. One of the story threads centers on this lack of communication between father and son and how it is resolved. This was one of the most beautiful and moving parts of the book.
In the beginning, Linden joins his parents and sister at a hotel in Paris for a celebration of his father’s birthday and his parents’ wedding anniversary. The moment he arrives there is talk of the incessant rain causing the Seine River to flood. What follows is a serious uprooting of plans, but sometimes lives need to be shattered in order to be healed. Hard truths are faced, painful memories brought back to the surface, and secrets revealed.
The Rain Watcher was slow in the beginning, but I was soon hooked. Even the most minor characters were brought to life, seeming to leap out of the page. I honestly fell in love with the entire Malegarde family.
This was an eloquent and hauntingly beautiful story. I wanted to savor every evocative sentence, and felt a sense of loss after reading the last page. This was the first time I read anything by Tatiana de Rosnay. I can safely say I have discovered a new favorite author.
Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Net Galley for the free galley to review. This was a 5 ⭐️ read!