Sometimes when NetGalley sends me book suggestions I’m so intrigued by the description, I really hope to get approved. Other times I’m like, “Meh, whatever.” and don’t even ask for it.
The description of The Red Notebook was the former.
Heroic bookseller Laurent Letellier comes across an abandoned handbag on a Parisian street. There’s nothing in the bag to indicate who it belongs to, although there’s all sorts of other things in it. Laurent feels a strong impulse to find the owner and tries to puzzle together who she might be from the contents of the bag. Especially a red notebook with her jottings, which really makes him want to meet her. Without even a name to go on, and only a few of her possessions to help him, how is he to find one woman in a city of millions?
Mystery? Potential romance? Sure thing. Sign me up!
I liked the writing of this book. It was upbeat, warm, and had just the right amount of detail to help you picture the setting, but not so much that you wanted to skip paragraphs.
That said, I ended up finding the concept just a slight bit creepy.
In theory, it should be a romantic scavenger hunt of sorts across the streets of Paris with two lonely people finding each other. It felt more like stalking charges waiting to happen. I feel like if Laurent hadn’t been written in such a charming lovely way, it would just have been weird.
Is this something you’d read? Why or why not.