The Blonde Bookworm: Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop - Review

Losing the Light by Andrea Dunlop - Review

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Title: Losing the Light
Author: Andrea Dunlop
Pages: 327
Publishing: February 23rd 2016 by Washington Square Press 
ISBN: 1501109421


A smart, obsessive debut novel about a young woman studying abroad who becomes caught up in a seductive French world—and a complex web of love and lust.

When thirty-year-old Brooke Thompson unexpectedly runs into a man from her past, she’s plunged headlong into memories she’s long tried to forget about the year she spent in France following a disastrous affair with a professor.

As a newly arrived exchange student in the picturesque city of Nantes, young Brooke develops a deep and complicated friendship with Sophie, a fellow American and stunning blonde, whose golden girl fa├žade hides a precarious emotional fragility. Sophie and Brooke soon become inseparable and find themselves intoxicated by their new surroundings—and each other.

But their lives are forever changed when they meet a sly, stylish French student, Veronique, and her impossibly sexy older cousin, Alex. The cousins draw Sophie and Brooke into an irresistible world of art, money, decadence, and ultimately, a disastrous love triangle that consumes them both. And of the two of them, only one will make it home.


Losing the Light is a charming novel about two friends who move to France for a semester abroad. Each girl left behind troubles of their own, and they hope to forget about their problems for a while and explore a new country. The novel begins in present time and leaves the reader on a bit of a cliff hanger in the first chapter as the author takes a turn back in time to the semester abroad in France. 

Throughout the entire novel, I was waiting for something totally crazy to happen. Dunlop kept me on my toes and didn’t allow me to let my guard down until the very last page. The writing is great and the characters were intricately developed. Dunlop makes it incredibly easy to love some of the characters, want to be best friends with others, and strongly dislike some as well. 

Losing the Light is a light and easy read that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was expecting a little more mystery, but I did enjoy the ongoing feel of suspense throughout the entire novel. If you are looking for a fun and quick read with an international twist, check out Andrea Dunlop’s debut, Losing the Light

Rating 3/5


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