"From the first page to the last, the suspense never stops. I love this book. The lightning fast pace, perfect plot, and characters that are unerringly realistic are reminiscent of a Hitchcock movie. Each page helps to build the tension until the story explodes in the final chapters. The ending is satisfying-leaving no loose ends begging for explanation-which is perfection." Killer Nashville
" Blood Wedding gave me a stroke: 'My God, please never let this happen to me!' This story is solidly in the realm of the possible, which makes it an even more terrifying book."
Bernard Poirette, RTL TV (France)
"Fills the reader with doubt, makes him vacillate between reality and paranoia . . . takes us on a 300-page journey at top speed, leaving the reader staggering."
"Creepy, demented, and typical of Lemaitre's crime fiction: unpredictable in a deliciously depraved way. Readers . . . will not be disappointed. Atmospheric and chilling and packed with Lemaitre's trademark twists and turns."
"A darkly disturbing thriller, Pierre Lemaitre's Blood Wedding gives new life to the genre with this mind-bending novel that keeps readers engrossed in excited speculation . . . Highly recommend." Bestsellersworld.com
"An ingenious long con, this devious psychological thriller from Prix Goncourt-winner Lemaitre promises a satisfying eventual payoff. . . Intensely suspenseful." Publishers Weekly
"Adrenaline-charged . . . The narrative is reminiscent of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl with numerous twists and turns as the story exposes layers of motives of the main characters. Highly recommended for all mystery fans."
"Absorbing and disturbing . . . The Psycho-based denouement is extraordinary."
Marcel Berlins, The Times
"A hyper-adrenalized shot of tension and twists, spiked with troubled psychologies and clichés deftly dismantled . . . Hitchcock would be proud."
Kevin Harley, Crime Scene
"Pierre Lemaitre strikes me as having a block of ice where his heart should be . . . This is a thoroughly frightening account of how easily and how badly an ordinary life can go wrong."
Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express
"A psycho-chiller of the first order which will have you looking at even family and friends suspiciously."
Jon Wise, Weekend Sport
"[Lemaitre] has gone from strength to strength . . . The ghost of Alfred Hitchcock hovers over this one, but there's little doubt that the Master of Suspense would feel that his legacy is in reliable hands."
Barry Forshaw, Independent
"A scorching, serpentine novel . . . Lemaitre's skill shines from every page, supported at every turn by an elegantly constructed plot complete with elements of noir that would make even James Ellroy proud."
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail
"If you only read one thriller this summer, do make sure it's this one. Highly recommended." Raven Crime Reads
"The best part about Blood Wedding and Sophie's bizarre tale is when he deftly pieces together the puzzle behind the heinous crime, and the whole picture is so painfully simple, so crystal clear, it beggars belief. And then his work is done and you've just finished a book about a crime that you would never have seen coming." Indian Express
"Lemaitre writes beautifully, able to create a narrative taut with tension. I was on the edge of my seat, completely creeped out by everything that happens. Sophie's story is the ultimate nightmare and her ordeal will keep you reading late into the night. I can't recommend this book enough if you are a suspense reader." Vilma's Book Blog
"A tremendous standalone novel . . . Lemaitre's work is inspired and disturbing and can't be trusted. Although his novels are not normally for the faint of heart, Blood Wedding is more about psychology than violence. With precise, elegant prose, he manipulates and unnerves. Like Sophie, the reader can be sure only that things aren't what they seem."
Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)
"A labyrinthine, matryoshka doll of a novel, the book's many layers will shock and astound you. Evoking novels as diverse as Patricia Highsmith's classic The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Gillian Flynn's tricky modern bestseller Gone Girl, it is a terrific page turner, one guaranteed to heighten your sense of paranoia significantly. It's an impressive bit of literary sleight of hand that keep's you guessing...building to a satisfying grand finale that most won't see coming."
Hank Wagner, Mystery Scene Magazine
"Lemaitre has imagined a very elaborate thriller...proving again to be a master of the what-more-can-he-heap-on-this-story school of plotting." M.A. Orthofer, Complete Review
"A pacy, disturbing noir [that's] told in crisp, distant, almost ironic prose . . . Blood Wedding is agonizingly suspenseful and at times almost unbearably cruel, but it twists and turns with grace and verve to reach a blistering conclusion."
Declan Hughes, Irish Times
"Blood Wedding is a gripping, troubling novel with believable characters and a watertight plot, an undeniable tour de force of psychological suspense that justifies Lemaitre's international reputation as a crime writer." New York Journal of Books
"Smart, uniquely built, and atmospherically anxious with unreliable characters, a panic-inducing plot, and a disastrously unsettling ending."
Gare Indeed Reads
In Lemaitre's (Camille) adrenaline-charged stand-alone novel, Sophie Duguet is typically a gentle, quiet woman, but an increasing number of forgetful moments and bizarre behavior she can't recall has her doubting her sanity. She's unable to remember where she parked her car the night before, if she had really shoplifted from a local store, or whether she murdered the six-year-old boy in her sole care. The police have noticed that bad things happen to the people around Sophie, and while Sophie desperately tries to figure out what's happening to her, she also manages to evade a massive manhunt. In the process, she reveals herself as a great deal cleverer and more resourceful than anyone suspected. VERDICT The narrative is reminiscent of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl with numerous twists and turns as the story exposes layers of motives of the main characters. Highly recommended for all mystery fans.—Deb West, Gannon Univ. Lib., Erie, PA
Lemaitre introduces a cast of characters who would be right at home in the Bates Motel in this thriller about a disturbed woman and the chaos that follows her.Sophie is little Léo's nanny. Or she was. Sophie suffers from memory lapses, and when she awakens from her latest one, she finds that the boy has been strangled with one of her shoelaces. Léo's death is only one in a long list of tragedies that the young woman has suffered. She lost her husband following a series of terrible events precipitated by a car accident and her mother-in-law's death after she fell—or was pushed—down a staircase. But though Sophie is convinced she's lost her mind, she's smart enough to know that Léo's death will send her to a prison cell, so she takes off. Soon, she's the most wanted woman in Paris. Like the rest of Sophie's recent life, even her escape from the law isn't without plenty of drama. Her suitcase is stolen from the train station when she asks a woman to watch it while she goes to the bathroom; then Veronique, another woman who had been sitting nearby, invites Sophie to lunch at her place because she feels guilty. After having some wine with lunch, Sophie awakens from her latest blackout to find Veronique dead, too. But there is much more to Sophie's problems than meets the eye, and as she careens madly trying to escape the horror her life has become, another narrator, Frantz—whose path crosses that of the seemingly doomed Sophie—takes over. Told in four parts, the story of Sophie and Frantz is creepy, demented, and typical of Lemaitre's crime fiction: unpredictable in a deliciously depraved way. Readers may have a hard time getting through the earliest parts of Sophie's story, which are depressing in the extreme, but if they stick with it, they won't be disappointed. Atmospheric and chilling and packed with Lemaitre's trademark twists and turns.