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Lucy Swann is trying on a new life. She’s cut and dyed her hair and bought new clothes, but she’s only got as far as a small town in northern France when her flight is violently cut short. When Inspector Vivier and his handsome assistant Sabine Pelat begin their investigation the chance encounters of her last days take on a new significance.Lucy’s death, like a stone throwLucy Swann is trying on a new life. She’s cut and dyed her hair and bought new clothes, but she’s only got as far as a small town in northern France when her flight is violently cut short. When Inspector Vivier and his handsome assistant Sabine Pelat begin their investigation the chance encounters of her last days take on a new significance.Lucy’s death, like a stone thrown into a pool, sends out far-reaching ripples, altering the lives of people who never knew her as well as those of her loved ones back home....

Title : Significance
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ISBN : 9781781721872
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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Significance Reviews

  • Liz Barnsley
    2018-11-30 19:58

    When the publisher contacted me to see if I would like to review “Significance” I thought it looked intriguing but I did not expect that I would love it as much as I did – this was a truly amazing and involving read that gripped me utterly, I read it in a few huge gulps this weekend and I am actually very sad to have finished it.Haunting and beautifully written, we follow Lucy during her last few days of life and the people and situations she interacts with. After her body is discovered, these chance meetings and events take on a whole new significance and there are consequences, both big and small, for all the people who crossed her path during her final journey, as well as those she left behind and those who are thrown into investigating.Absolutely engaging, characters are key here – the author takes us between one and another, telling their story, and Lucy’s, with a deft hand and some really wonderful prose that pops off the page and gets into your head. There is an eerie feel to the whole thing, knowing as you do that Lucy will not survive her last night, the title is extremely apt – the significance of everything happening as you read is increased tenfold by the knowledge of what is to come.There is a mystery element but I would not call this a mystery novel – whilst of course you would like to know who is responsible for Lucy’s demise it is far from being the important part of the story – strange you might think, but true. It is all about the people, the truly devastating effect this will have on some of them and how the fallout from one horrific event can ripple outwards and be even more far reaching than first is apparent.Every single character you meet in this book is fascinating – well drawn, great psychological depth and the author gives you a real feel for all of them whether you meet them once or a few times. I sometimes found myself getting quite cross with Lucy for dying – how awful is that to blame the victim for the consequence – but often I couldnt help it as other characters I had grown very fond of got caught up in the maelstrom. Jo Mazelis writes with such a poetic quality, you cannot help but be drawn into the world she creates and feel every last emotion you have in you.A truly truly wonderful novel – with an ending that will stay with me forever, this one deserves a lot of attention and I really cannot recommend it highly enough. Not enough stars in the world!Happy Reading Folks.

  • Jane
    2018-12-09 18:59

    The central story is the murder of Lucy Swann but where this story differs from most crime fiction is that the main focus is not on the murder or criminal investigation itself. Rather than centring the story around finding the killer and bringing them to justice, the author chooses to look at the characters involved. I say involved, meaning both those who interacted with Lucy before her murder and others who involved themselves in some way after the crime was committed. Ms Mazelis explores the thoughts and actions of the key characters. We have established that Lucy is running away from England and we are given possible reasons why. We know who Lucy spoke to before her murder and that a conversation was overheard. She drops her cardigan on her way back to the hotel and the cardigan is picked up and put down by a couple of characters, this does not go unnoticed. We learn that before Lucy, a prostitute was murdered in the town. The investigators have to work out if it is the same MO and find out who this latest victim is. They know she is foreign, English or American, and they know who she spoke to, who picked up her cardigan and whose DNA is on the cardigan. The police pick up three suspects all with their own worries and problems at being detained. The relationship between Vivier and his female assistant is explored and also the attitudes and behaviours of the junior officers towards Sabine Pelat. Is it safe for a woman to go out on a dark evening on her own? Why do men regard women in a sexual manner? Should women hold senior posts in the police force? Questions are raised and explored through the narrative in this story.I enjoyed reading this large book. It is not a traditional whodunnit but a novel that makes you think. Writing in this literary manner reminded me of the writers of the early twentieth century who wrote predominantly for those on the same level of intellect. I am not saying that today's writing is dumbed down, but it's aim is to appeal to a wider audience. It does not quite reach five stars for me purely because I was a little disappointed in the ending which I thought was rather unsatisfactory. It is better than four stars so I have to break my rule of not awarding half stars. A resounding 4.5*

  • Anne
    2018-12-07 17:06

    On the surface, this book is a murder mystery. Lucy walks away from her former life, changes her appearance, becomes a different person, crosses the path of a number of people in a small town in Northern France, and is then found murdered. Inspector Vivier and his assistant Sabine become involved - we watch the progress of their investigation, but also their complex and fascinating relationship. But this is so much more than a murder mystery. Every character who touched Lucy's life has a story of their own, and the whole book has the intricacy of lace as various story story threads are picked up and put down, sometimes tangling, sometimes continuing separately. On the last night of her life, Lucy has a troubling encounter with Scott, a Canadian on holiday with his poet wife Marilyn and his mentally ill brother Aaron. The encounter happens at a pavement cafe, and the other people present that night become part of her story - waitress Suzette, in the early stages of her affair with Florian, the elderly couple at the nearby table with their past lives as political activists. Lucy later calls into another cafe, dropping her cardigan, which draws more people into the story - the young black man Joseph who has just been accepted for a place at medical school, the lonely old lady who sees him pick up the cardigan. And then there are the people Lucy left behind - her parents, her work colleagues, her boyfriend Thom. Quite beautifully written, easy to read but with a poetic quality that takes your breath away at times, this book was unlike anything I've read before. I started reading it as a murder mystery, but soon realised it was so much more than that - its fascination is in the lives of the other people, and the way they are profoundly affected by a single event that happens to someone many of them don't even know. Incredibly different and a totally mesmerising read - I really loved it. (My thanks to Seren Books for my reading copy)

  • Anne
    2018-12-05 23:25

    Lucy Swann is dead. She came to France to escape her life in England. She changed her hairstyle, her clothes, her outlook and spent just a few days in an ordinary hotel room in an anonymous town in France.During those few days, Lucy met or was associated with various people, both local and visitors, and it is these people who form the chapters, and the detail of this incredibly clever book. It doesn't matte whether Lucy spoke in depth to these people, or just briefly encountered them, the author ensures that each one of them have a voice and a story, and each one of them are intriguing in their own way. As the reader learns more about Scott, the Canadian visitor; about Suzette the waitress and her emerging relationship with Fabien and about Joseph, the African medical student-to-be, we also learn more about Lucy herself.It is a brave author who creates a murder mystery, but makes the murderer and motive have so little significance, yet it is clever and very different and allows the reader to delve deeply into the would-be suspects, whilst at the same time understanding that the who and the why are far less important than the victim herself.I have never read anything quite like Significance before, it is original, it is thought-provoking, it is multi-layered and complex yet enticing and very addictive.It is a murder mystery story, it is a thriller, it is also a delicately crafted, beautifully written story that will both delight and perplex the reader.

  • Jo Barton
    2018-11-20 00:20

    Lucy Swan is hoping for new beginnings; she has new clothes, an interesting hairstyle, and in an anonymous hotel room in a small northern French town, she hopes to reinvent herself. But this fresh start is tinged by tragedy, and unfortunately, Lucy never gets her fresh start. Her untimely death uncovers a web of interconnected stories, the significance of which only emerges as the story progresses.In parts, this is a murder mystery, but underneath the sum of its parts it’s so much more than an investigation into a motiveless murder. It’s the story of how interrelated lives connect, maybe, sometimes on a superficial level, sometimes in a more complex way, but always with cause and effect which is at times quite profound.Beautifully written and with fine attention to the more complex attitudes of life, the author manages very successfully to weave together a several stranded story without making the whole seem messy and over complicated. I enjoyed the character analysis of all those who come into connect with Lucy on her last, fateful,afternoon, and discovering the incongruent ties which bind them all together, makes for an interesting and very different sort of read.Highly recommended.

  • Peggy
    2018-12-11 20:56

    Compelling and evocative crime novel with an interesting style - each short chapter is from the perspective of someone who encountered the murder victim. It was hard to put down. I will say it was a little edgier than what I prefer, but since my comfort zone is a Cotswold cozy, it's all relative. I found out about this "literary thriller" by looking at the list of winners of the 2015 Fiction Uncovered prize, which rewards the best British fiction (that deserves more attention) across all genres. I recommend both Significance and Fiction Uncovered - I'll definitely check out past winners.

  • Huw Rhys
    2018-11-12 18:25

    One of my favourite types of dishes on MasterChef is when they dis-assemble traditional dishes and present the constituent parts in a completely different way.A teardrop of meringue in one corner of the plate, a scratch of lemon curd in another, a crumb of shortbread in between them and a random scraping of clotted cream somewhere else just to give it a little bit of a different take...Well, that's the culinary equivalent of this book, that is.It's a murder mystery - but presented to us in a way that murder mysteries aren't usually presented to us.That a mysterious death has happened is clear from the outset. The circumstances of this death remain mysterious though - and what we have are the tales of half a dozen or so characters whose lives are in different ways affected by the death. Instead of a litany of clues piled one upon the other - many of them herrings of an ochre hue - leading to the ultimate denouement of the perpetrator, we get, instead, fragments of lives, some of them potential suspects, some of them investigators and some of them interested bystanders.What we get is a wonderful pastiche of different characters' stories splashed across a canvass, coming together to make a wonderful abstract picture. Each little vignette brings wonderfully to life the effects that a traumatic event has on the lives of the individuals. It makes them all reflect; it brings regret, appreciation, reflection and soothsaying,and it makes them, and us, realize how random life actually can be - "It was the difference between what might have happened and the reality. A close shave. A narrow escape.These are perceptions of mortality glimpsed, but avoided" as one of the characters realizes.It does sort of come together in the end in the way that a conventional murder mystery does - but by then, the outcome is almost incidental. What we have here is a series of accurate and heart rending homilies on how our lives develop - sometimes knocked violently off its axis by random events, but usually staying reasonably well balanced as they meander to their inevitable conclusions. Mortality avoided for another stanza...This is a book by a Welsh author, published by a small publisher. From my perspective at least, a pattern is beginning to emerge - if you want to read a book out of the ordinary, one that resonates on a number of fronts, then choose your author and your publisher carefully. Someone might want to explain to me why many of the more mainstream publishers fail to hit the high tide mark as regularly as some of the so called "smaller publishers"....A truly superb book this - I can't recommend it highly enough. But I can't lend you my copy I'm afraid - my mate has already nabbed it....

  • Valerie
    2018-11-11 17:04

    Significance is a literary crime novel in which the ‘whodunnit’ and even the ‘whydunnit’ is less significant than the mystery of who the victim is (or who any of us are), the impact made by one person’s existence, and the consequences of murder for those who knew, or even briefly met, the victim in the hours and days before the horrific event. It opens with a young woman who, intriguingly, has chosen to disappear from her life, perhaps experiencing a breakdown, perhaps not, though her sense of dislocation almost to the point of dissociation is an edgy and discomfiting introduction that sets the tone for subsequent chilling proceedings.To read more of this review, visit:

  • Embere
    2018-12-08 00:08

    I came across this book while looking for a mis-shelved title at the library. What a lucky find! It is one of the most engaging, well-written novels I have read in a long time. Captivating prose, a thrilling plot, complex characters and unexpected outcomes. Such a treat! Mazelis leads readers across a beautiful narrative that examines interconnected events, the effects of our actions on others and, ultimately, how well we can know ourselves. A breathtaking read.

  • Ian Gofton
    2018-12-11 20:03

    This is beautifully written book and the interplay of characters is fascinating. I do wonder if Ms Mazelis ran out of steam toward the end. The book is definitely worth reading if you like clever interplay, well crafted writing and multiple stories within the main plot. For me it needs a more complete ending and less telegraphing of the end in the final few chapters. I understand this is a first novel, and if so then wow!, what a debut.

  • Gillian Ashton
    2018-11-28 19:25

    Lucy....Hoping to start a new,Hoping to change everything....She heads to France and little does she realise these next few days will be the finale of her life.A mystery without being a stereotypical mystery novel.A cast of intriguing characters.Written with depth and poetry this is a unique and enjoyable novel.