Sophie is haunted by the things she can’t remember – and visions from the past she will never forget. One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her. Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online. But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets …
Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre
Publication Date: July 27, 2016 by MacLehose Press
A situation such as this is always a race against time. One person wants to leave, the other person wants her to stay. It is a struggle for dominance that involves all the phases of a small war: attacks, feints, redeployments, intimidation, tactical retreats, changes of strategy…
When October comes around and it finally begins to feel like fall, I start to gravitate towards crime fiction and psychological thrillers even more than usual. So it’s no surprise that after finishing The Couple Next Door, I chose to forego everything else I was reading to pick up Blood Wedding.
TOTALLY THE BEST CHOICE OF MY LIFE.
This book is twisted like nothing I’ve ever read. I’m starting to think The Couple Next Door lulled me into a sense of safety prior to beginning Blood Wedding because while I enjoyed both stories, Blood Wedding was like a punch to the gut compared to Lapena’s novel.
Lemaitre’s writing is a slow unfolding of Sophie’s prior life and personal tragedies just before becoming a nanny to a young boy named Leo. It’s easy to say that the reader is left to assume that Sophie really IS crazy since there’s nothing to dissuade one from coming to that conclusion. Events happen FAST and there’s no time for the reader to learn anymore about Sophie other than what she provides through her narration. It is dark, there are gaps of time missing, and the reader is never allowed to relax from the very first page of the novel.
As is expected of a psychological thriller, there are definitely surprises along the way, but unlike some of my past experiences with similarly themed novels, I totally didn’t see the turns coming up (pun not intended! – read the book, you’ll get it) in Blood Wedding. Although this on its own would have made the novel a fantastic read, what turned it up a few notches for me was how gut wrenching it became to watch Sophie’s misery as well as the pain of those around her (Ugh, Vincent!!!). Lemaitre’s writing style allows the reader to become personally invested in the novel’s characters – something that I find often lacking in crime novels. This may be my first Pierre Lemaitre book, but it will definitely not be my last!