Three Days and a Life

Three Days and a Life

by Pierre Lemaitre


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In 1999, in the small provincial town of Beauval, France, twelve-year-old Antoine Courtin accidentally kills a young neighbor boy in the woods near his home. Panicked, he conceals the body and to his relief—and ongoing shame—he is never suspected of any connection to the child's disappearance.

But the boy's death continues to haunt him, shaping his life in unseen ways. More than a decade later, Antoine is living in Paris, now a young doctor with a fiancée and a promising future. On a rare trip home to the town he hates and fears, Antoine thoughtlessly sleeps with a beautiful young woman from his past. She shows up pregnant at his doorstep in Paris a few months later, insisting that they marry.

Meanwhile, the newly discovered body of Antoine's childhood victim means that the case has been reopened, and all of his old fears rush back. With the gravitational pull of his hometown strengthening its grip, Antoine may finally be forced to confront his past. Is he prepared to do what he must to keep his darkest secrets buried?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681441788
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 11/07/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Pierre Lemaitre has won several literary awards, including the prestigious Prix Goncourt, for his novel Au revoir là-haut, published in English as
The Great Swindle. He also won the Crime Writers' Association International Dagger twice, for Alex and Camille, two books in his breakthrough crime trilogy featuring Commandant Camille Verhoeven.

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Three Days and a Life 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
It’s 1999 in the little town of Beauval, where everyone knows your business. Antoine is twelve years old and just lost his friends to the mayor’s son and his Play Station. His mother has forbidden him from playing the games so Antoine spends his time in the woods working on a tree house with the neighbor’s dog. Then the dog is injured and need to be put down and Antoine is devastated. From there, little Remi Desmedt is six years old and idolizes Antoine. But Remi ends up dying and Antoine decides to hide the body. We watch how Antoine won’t admit to the death. The town’s people are coming up with all kinds of theories and accusations. Then the town butcher, Monsieur Kowalski is blamed for the disappearance. We then meet up with Antoine years later on and we see how this secret has shaped his life. I’m sad to admit that I didn’t recognize the author’s name until I looked up his other books and realized that he is the author of Alex. That was one heck of a mind tweak. Once I saw that I can’t wait to see what he was going to put Antoine through. Antoine agonizes over Remi’s death but is so afraid to admit what really happened. I could feel for him as a kid. I grew up in a small town and I can relate to a lot of what happens. This is a great thriller. It is slow paced and it does tend to drag. But it is a good story. Antoine has to live with his choices and doesn’t always make good ones but you can still see how one even can affect you for life. I do recommend this book. It is a good read and I think many will like it. I received Three Days and a Life from Quercus for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The location of this well-written murder mystery, an isolated town in France contributes greatly to this involving story. A small child is missing and an older kid knows the secret behind the disappearance. Unfortunately, the older child does not want to say what happened. And neither do I. I suggest that you buy Three Days and a Life and be transported to a small French village where everybody knows everybody but nobody seems to know what happened to the disappeared child. A definite must-read for people who like mysteries taking place in an unfamiliar and foreign local.
brf1948 More than 1 year ago
I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Pierre Lemaaitre, and Maclehose Press Quercus in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I was intrigued by the title of this novel and was not disappointed. This story begins over Christmas holiday in 1999 in the small French town of Beauval. You will quickly become a part of the village life and understand the problems and personalities of the villagers. Twelve year old Antoine Courtin is isolated this holiday as one of his regular playmates has a new Playstation and Antoine's mother won't let him join the usual crowd as they learn to play electronic games. But he still has his neighbor and young friend, six year old Remi Desmedt, who will follow him anywhere. Antoine makes a couple of very bad decisions and we watch him struggle with the repercussions for years. There are interesting twists and turns, and this is a very fast read. I very much enjoyed this novel.