Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill

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Bellevue Square Read Online Free - From award-winning and bestselling author Michael Redhill comes a darkly comic literary thriller about a woman who fears for her sanity--and then her life--when she learns that her doppelganger has appeared in a local park.

Jean Mason has a doppelganger. At least, that's what people tell her. Apparently it hangs out in Kensington Market, where it sometimes buys churros and shops for hats. Jean doesn't rattle easy, not like she used to. She's a grown woman with a husband and two kids, as well as a thriving business, and Toronto is a fresh start for the whole family. She certainly doesn't want to get involved in anything dubious, but still . . . why would two different strangers swear up and down they'd just seen her--with shorter hair furthermore?

Jean's curiosity quickly gets the better of her, and she visits the market, but sees no one who looks like her. The next day, she goes back to look again. And the day after that. Before she knows it, she's spending an hour here, an afternoon there, watching, taking notes, obsessing and getting scared. With the aid of a small army of locals who hang around in the market's only park, she expands her surveillance, making it known she'll pay for information or sightings. A peculiar collection of drug addicts, scam artists, philanthropists, philosophers and vagrants--the regulars of Bellevue Square--are eager to contribute to Jean's investigation. But when some of them start disappearing, it becomes apparent that her alleged double has a sinister agenda. Unless Jean stops her, she and everyone she cares about will face a fate stranger than death.

Title : Bellevue Square
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ISBN : 0385684835
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 262 pages


Liz rated it ★★★★☆

September 30, 2017

I have no clue what just happened. I have no clue how to feel about it. I have no clue if Redhill's further books will explain it further or less. I am not sure if I liked it or not, but i feel like that is the sign of good writing.

Glenn rated it ★★★☆☆

January 28, 2018

Last fall, Michael Redhill’s Bellevue Square won the Giller Prize, one of the most prestigious (and, at $100,000, generous) literary prizes in Canada. I’d love to have been a fly on the wall at the jury deliberations, just to hear some convincing arguments for the book’s quality. It’s not bad – it...

Kate rated it ★★★☆☆

December 09, 2017

I'm not entirely sure what just happened here but I am intrigued; especially considering there are to be other related novels coming along soon? Jean owns a book store and one day a customer tells her that she saw someone who looks just like her in Kensington Market. Jean quickly becomes obsessed...

Anna rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 04, 2017

2.5* - This story starts with a great idea but quickly moves toward the bizarre. By the time I was a third of the way in, it became apparent that this was going in a different direction than what I was expecting so I adjusted my expectations and read on but I could never really catch ground with...

Krista rated it ★★★★☆

August 15, 2017

On May 15th I did a tally of all the people I had individually witnessed in Bellevue Square, comers, goers, and stayers. Among my most interesting sightings was a drunken teenager making out with the Al Waxman statue, as well as a man sitting in the grass with a bottle of Vaseline and a single,...

Brett rated it ★★★★☆

December 09, 2017

This is the first David Lynch movie I've ever liked.

Carolyn rated it ★☆☆☆☆

September 28, 2017

I know this must be a worthwhile book. It is currently long listed for the Giller prize and has many favourable reviews. It started out for me with an interesting premise. A woman sees her identical self in the vicinity of a market and adjacent park in Toronto, after a few others have mistaken he...

MissBecka rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 28, 2017

***********ARC FROM GIVEAWAY*********** UMMMMMMMMMMMM.......... So I finished the book. Read. The. Whole. Thing. Still have no idea what took place between these pages.

Allison ༻hikes the bookwoods༺ rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 12, 2017

Thank God that’s over. It got marginally better about halfway through, and I thought the book had finally found its rhythm, but no. Then it just became more and more bizarre. I didn’t enjoy this book at all. If it wins the Giller, I may have to boycott the award in future!

Luanne rated it ★★★★★

October 09, 2017

Bellevue Square is the latest book from Michael Redhill. It's also a Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalist. The premise? A customer in Jean Mason's bookstore tells her that she has a double, a doppelganger. Jean is intrigued and heads to Bellevue Square (a park) to see if she too can see this woman. I w...

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