Sophie Duguet–young, successful, and happily married–thought at first she was becoming absentminded when she started misplacing her mail and forgetting where she’d parked her car the night before. But then, as her husband and colleagues pointed out with increasing frustration, she began forgetting things she’d said and done, too. And when she was detained by the police for shoplifting, a crime she didn’t remember committing, the confusion and blackouts that had begun to plague her took on a more sinister cast. Her marriage started to come apart at the seams.
Now Sophie is in much deeper water: the young boy she nannies is dead while in her care, a tragedy of which she has no memory. Afraid for her sanity and of what the police will do to her when the body is discovered, Sophie goes on the run, changing her identity and appearance to evade the law. Forced to lead a very different kind of life, one on the margins of society, Sophie wonders where everything went wrong.
Still, with a new name and a new life, she hopes that she’ll be able to put her demons to rest for good. It soon becomes clear, however, that the real nightmare has only just begun…
What I Thought:
I absolutely LOVE Pierre Lemaitre’s books. I first read Alex when there was buzz about it a few years ago, but quickly grabbed his other books as they are so brilliant!
A word of caution though, these books are gritty crime novels. There is blood and gore, there are moments that are difficult to read, but the mystery plots are so cleverly written, and so twisty that they are compulsive reading.
Blood Wedding is a standalone novel, and when we meet Sophie, the main character, the boy in her care is dead – she has no idea what has happened, but knows that she will be blamed if she stays, triggering a manhunt across France.
All signs point to Sophie’s guilt, given her struggles with her mental health, it seems plausible that she would forget committing such an awful crime, but… I can’t say any more, but *plot twist*…
What is actually happening to Sophie is a frightening glimpse of what could happen to any of us who live their lives online, and although it’s frightening to read, it’s also compulsive – you just can’t look away.
Blood Wedding is written so skillfully, that it is almost as unsettling as a horror movie! Highly recommended…
I can’t review the book thoroughly, without mentioning the fantastic translator. This novel is originally published in French, and so could potentially fall down if not translated well – Frank Wynne (as with the other Lemaitre books) – does a skillful job of ensuring the book keeps its flow in English and, although some of the police terms need to be kept as it is set in France, there is a glossary of these in the book.
Blood Wedding is out now in Hardback, but will be released in paperback on 20th April. You can preorder from Amazon.
Note: I was sent a copy of the book by the publisher, MacLehose Press, for review, but if I had not have been sent it, I would’ve bought it anyway!