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The Debutante is a fiction book by Kathleen Tessaro, known for previously writing books such as Innocence and the Flirt. It combines elements of the past and the present, intertwining two mysteries together. I actually got this in a two pack combined with Elegance also by Kathleen Tessaro from Sainsburys.
It follows two mysteries, one from the past and one from the present although it is all from one view point - one mystery is the story of the main character which the reader wants to discover, then the other mystery is a sub plot in the story which the protagonist is spending their time trying to get to the bottom of. Cate is an artist who had been living in New York, making copies of other's masterpieces for a living but never quite doing her own original work. She moves to London and lives with her aunt Rachel who owns an auction house, wanting a fresh start. Rachel sends her to an old country house where the infamous Blythe socialite sisters lived to catalogue the remaining possessions along with colleague Jack. While there she finds a box hidden away in the back of a locked room with a mysterious collection of objects, and Cate becomes obsessed with finding the truth behind the Blythe sisters...
The concept of the story was interesting, and I always like books where there are two things to find out from the past and present. I didn't like Cate's story as much as the Blythe sisters story, I found it a bit bland and the ending was a bit disappointing - I expected something a bit more extreme from the build up that the author had done. The Blythe sisters story was however very engaging, really showing the socialites of the time and slightly reminding me of a book I had read a little while ago called The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets. However it was still an enjoyable book, the best Kathleen Tessaro book that I've read and I'd recommend it.