Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

by Pierre Lemaitre

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ISBN-13: 9781681445304
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Pierre Lemaitre was born in Paris in 1951. He worked for many years as a teacher of literature and now writes novels and screenplays. He was awarded the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger twice, for Alex and Camille, two books in his crime trilogy featuring Commandant Camille Verhoeven. He also won the Prix Goncourt, France's most prestigious literary award, for his novel Au revoir là-haut, published in English as The Great Swindle.

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Blood Wedding 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
Blood Wedding is the second novel by French author, Pierre Lemaitre, and the fifth to be translated into English. It was first published as Robe de Marié in 2009 and is flawlessly translated from French by Frank Wynne. Young widow, Sophie Duguet is working as a nanny in Paris when she wakes up to find her charge, six-year-old Léo Gervais, murdered. While she can’t remember doing it, she begins to believe she must have done, and flees before her terrible crime is discovered. As Sophie goes into hiding, she thinks back to when she first began to go insane. She recalls once being happily married to Vincent, before she started to forget, to lose things, to imagine things; before her mother-in-law fell down the stairs; before Vincent had a horrific car accident; before she was left alone; before Léo was strangled. And she now finds herself taking actions she could never have believed of that happy young wife. Lemaitre’s psychological thriller takes the form of third- and first-person narratives, diary entries, a newspaper article, clinical file reports and internet chat transcripts. He paints a vivid picture of a young woman losing her mind before turning the story on its head. By half-way, the who is quite apparent; the how is revealed to be alarmingly easy; the why keeps the pages turning. It ends with a brilliant twist. A gripping read. 4.5★s With thanks to GoodReads Giveaways and Hachette Australia for this copy to read and review.
LauraMHartman More than 1 year ago
Sophie is a woman in conflict. At the very least she is mentally unstable, but she is quite possibly a murderer. Somehow she goes from being a happily married career woman to a fugitive in the blink of an eye and she cannot understand how the whole thing happened to her. It starts with little things. Missing items, forgetting to do small errands, lost birthday gifts that turn up months later. These lead up to horrible mistakes at work. Soon Sophie begins to lose more than everyday items; she is also missing parts of her day. She finds herself in places and situations and doesn’t have a clue as to how or why she is there. Her husband is losing his patience and she is sure she has lost her mind. Each slip of memory chips a sliver of her psyche away until she doesn’t know who she is anymore. It isn’t hard to disappear and reinvent herself when it became necessary, she does what she has to do. What is hard is finding a new husband whose name she can take to solidify her new persona. But she has always known somewhere inside herself there is a strong, smart woman behind the façade she has built to hide behind. But is there enough of that woman left to save her? Enter Frantz, the shy military man Sophie meets through a dating service. Frantz wants to help Sophie and she is so exhausted all of the time she is relieved to find someone she can trust to take care of her. Even if she doesn’t really love him, she needs him. He just might be her ticket out of the crazy life hers has become – or is she jumping from the frying pan into the fire by making a pact with the devil himself? A catalyst, unbeknown and barely associated to Sophie, sets off a series of life changing events. The scariest thing is that any or all of the things that happen to her could happen to anyone if they are in the wrong place at the right time. It is terrifying to realize how easily Sophie’s life turned upside down and out of control. If you look up Suspenseful Thriller Blood Wedding should be at the top of the list. I could not turn the pages fast enough to see what happened next. The plot is so solid I could not find an unanswered question. The supporting characters have depth and are memorable without overshadowing but always important to the story. Their interaction with the main characters enhanced and advanced the plot. The main characters are fully developed, multi-dimensional and seem to jump off the page to grab the reader’s attention. Sophie pulls you into her descent into madness, from which I fervently hoped she would be able to claw her way back to the person she used to be. Nothing or no one is what or who they seem to be as the plot swirls around Sophie and Frantz. LeMaitre expertly grabs the reader, dragging you into the depth of Sophie’s despair and into the plotting mind of Frantz. Then he takes you on a roller coaster ride through a house of mirrors at breakneck speed, making you question the ideas you had when you met Sophie and Frantz. This adventure is one that readers live for. You will not be disappointed. 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 build the tension until the momentum explodes in the final chapters. The ending is satisfying, with no loose ends begging for explanation, which is perfection. Pierre LeMaitre is an acclaimed, award winning author and screenwrit