I read THE CONFIDANT for the August 2013 "French" theme in my online book club, The Reading Cove.
The narrative was choppy and disjointed and the story didn't flow well at all. So I lost interest in where it was going.
It also seemed highly unlikely that Louis would write these letters in such detail to Camille. Would the man really give blow-by-blow details in anonymous letters about taking Anne's virginity? Doubt it.
So it was a rather amateur epistolary style: using these thick letters as a way to paint a vivid picture of what took place in the past, basically in the style of a conventional novel. It just isn't plausible.
I give THE CONFIDANT a C-.
What the heck? This book was an extreme example of hatred, deception, mis-communication, non-communication, lying, adultery, betrayal, and all around twisted people.
The opening was interesting and did make you want to continue on but from about page 7 the POV got muddy, the voice of each character was hard to follow and seemed to get lost in the story it was trying to tell. If you wanted to know what was/is going on you didn't get that in the storyline but had to suffer till the end where you finally got insight into each character.
If you want a book that is hard to follow, surface characters and I am not sure if there was a plot, then baby this book is for you!