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Book Review & Blog Tour: The Purple Shadow by Christopher Bowden

The genre of this book is not my usual, but something about the synopsis piqued my interest, with the setting spanning from the theatrical & fashion worlds of Paris in the 1930s to present day Sussex, UK I was as much interested in the era, as I was the story.

Have a read of the synopsis;

The Purple Shadow

In the years before the war, Sylvie Charlot was a leading light in Paris fashion with many friends among musicians, artists and writers.  Now she is largely forgotten.  Spending time in Paris during a break in his acting career, Colin Mallory sees a striking portrait of Sylvie.  Some think it is a late work by Édouard Vuillard but there is no signature or documentary evidence to support this view.

The picture has some unusual qualities, not least the presence of a shadow of something that cannot be seen.  Perhaps the picture was once larger.  Colin feels an odd sense of connection with Sylvie, who seems to be looking at him, appealing to him, wanting to tell him something.  Despite a warning not to pursue his interest in her portrait, he is determined to find out more about the painting, who painted it, and why it was hidden for many years.

Colin’s search takes him back to the film and theatre worlds of Paris and London in the 1930s – and to a house in present-day Sussex.  As he uncovers the secrets of Sylvie’s past, her portrait seems to take on a life of its own.   

My Thoughts

This story is about a mysterious painting set in a background of Parisian glamour and 1930’s decor which I loved very much.

It is written beautifully with such lovely descriptions of the surroundings, that at times I felt like I was actually there.

The pace of the story is steady and some chapters are longer than others, but as you progress through the story the mystery of the purple shadow, the question of the “missing piece” and the story behind Sylvie (the lady in the painting) and her life bring up more questions, theories and mystery – it has an almost supernatural or magical feel about it all.

It is a gripping read and I found I read so much in one sitting, considering it’s not my usual genre of choice, I am happy to say I have found a new author and genre because of this book, so thank you Christopher Bowden and Rachel at Rachels Random Resources for introducing me to this title.

The Author

Christopher Bowden – Author of The Purple Shadow

Christopher Bowden lives in south London. He is the author of six colour-themed novels, which have been praised variously by Andrew Marr, Julian Fellowes, Sir Derek Jacobi, and Shena Mackay.

Learn more about Christopher Bowden and his books here;

Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/christopher.bowden.90

Website – http://www.christopherbowden.com/

Will Colin find the answers he is searching for?

Why is he so drawn to Sylvie?

Who or what is the purple shadow in the painting?


Is there a missing piece?

Grab a copy via the links below to find out…

UKAmazon UK

US Amazon USA

France Amazon France

Thanks for reading and Enjoy!

Chanel x

Chanel Williams

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