Translator: Anthea Bell
BURNING SECRET is set in an Austrian sanatorium in the 1920’s. A lonely twelve-year-old boy is befriended and becomes infatuated by a suave and mysterious baron who heartlessly brushes him aside to turn his seductive attentions to the boy’s mother.
This is a short novella of 117 pages that I read in a couple of hours. This is the first book I have read by the author and it has left me wanting to read more. I am certainly going to be buying his novels.
I found the language used throughout the novella to be straight to the point and beautiful. The language really hooked me in as a reader and left me wanting more when the novella came to an end.
Overall this is a brilliant novella, with an intriguing plot and beautiful language.