The Woman in the Fifth

The Woman in the Fifth

Book - 2008
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Harry Ricks is a man who has lost everything.

A romantic mistake at the small American college where he used to teach has cost him his job and his marriage. And when the ensuing scandal threatens to completely destroy him, he flees to Paris.

He arrives in the French captial in the bleak midwinter, and ends up having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger, walks into his life. But their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events, and soon Harry finds himself in a nightmare from which there is no easy escape.

Publisher: London : Arrow Books, 2008, c2007.
ISBN: 9780099469254
0099469251
9780099519584
Characteristics: 422 p. ;,18 cm.

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lilylib Oct 23, 2013

It was a very strange reading for me. I really loved his The Pursuit of Happiness, so I guess I expected something of a similar quality. Not only the pace of the story didn't pick up until way past the middle of it, it also had this weird fantasy twist, which was a total absurd (at least, for my taste). And all this nonsense has ended very weakly. Maybe, it's just not my book...

BakerStreetIrregular May 04, 2012

I struggled getting into this book but was determined to persevere and finish it. Unfortunately I gave up half-way through. The story-line just never picked up and reading about the main character's life was plain depressing. Not even the setting of Paris could make this book interesting.

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