Readers embark on an immersive scavenger hunt in the Hawkesbury author’s first book

Readers are embarked on an immersive treasure hunt in Hawkesbury author Sylvie Bernier’s book “Treasure Hunters – In the Footsteps of the Sacred Apes”.

Written in French, the 198-page fantasy novel is not only Bernier’s first work, it is also the first part of a trilogy. A full-time pet groomer and owner of Hawkesbury Pet Salon, the 47-year-old says her first adventure in writing was the result of a long-held dream that was put aside by life.

“Time flies so quickly, you go to work and you have a family,” recalls Bernier, who was discouraged from pursuing her first love as a career. “People have told me that writing isn’t a good job – you don’t make money. “

“But it was always on my mind. It was a dream, so I made it.

Released this month, Bernier’s new book received very positive reviews from those who bought it, with many already wondering when the second book in the trilogy will be released. Throughout the book, Bernier has hidden puzzles, puzzles, and clues to help readers try to find the solutions on their own.

“People who read it, after a chapter, they want to continue because there are hidden pieces and they want to know what (the solution) is”, explains Bernier’s husband, Marcel, adding that readers have immersed themselves in history. “I know people who read the book in one day and now they want part two.”

“Treasure Hunters – In the Footsteps of the Sacred Apes” takes readers in search of the statue of the Three Wise Monkeys – extinct since 200 BC and considered one of history’s most intriguing legends. The story follows Madison White, a young woman coach at Yale University, who is invited by her principal to follow in the footsteps of her late father, who curiously died during a treasure hunt, and who had embarked on the search for sacred apes a few years ago.

For Mady and her team, the journey begins in Bali and from puzzle to puzzle, their quest takes them through Thailand to the Great Wall of China. But fierce opponents, thieves and aggressors follow them step by step. As Mady races against the clock through traps and adventures, long-buried family secrets resurface.

The readers and Mady have only the clues, shrouded in puzzles, to guide them in their quest.

Chaotic, crowded and cosmopolitan, it is a city of contrasts.
Open your eyes and follow the direction marked by the iron man.
Slightly north, more than 1000 km east of your position,
There is your destination

“It’s the type of story I read myself and the style of movies I love,” says the author, who has included illustrations and maps as clues throughout the book.

Bernier worked on her novel in the free time she had between grooming appointments and family responsibilities. It took patience to put her labor of love aside to focus on work and family, but the responsibilities came first.

When she announced that her novel was finished and ready for publication, it came as a total surprise to her friends and family. Marcel Bernier says he knew Sylvie was working on her writing, but had no idea of ​​the scale of the project, or that it was nearing completion.

“I didn’t even know my wife was writing a book,” he laughs. “I’m very proud of her – she wrote a book and I didn’t even know it.”

“Treasure hunters – In the footsteps of the sacred monkeys” is available from the Montreal publishing house BookBec for $ 32 in paperback and $ 20 in ebook, or through Bernier staff Facebook page. It can also be ordered by e-mail [email protected].

Lola R. McClure