Blood Wedding

Blood Wedding

Book - 2016
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With a new name and a new life, Sophie Duget 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 . . .

Young, successful, and happily married-- Sophie 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.

Now, Sophie is in much deeper water: 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 . . .

Publisher: New York : MacLehose Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781681445311
Branch Call Number: FIC Lemai
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Wynne, Frank - Translator
Language Note: Translated from the French.


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Feb 14, 2019

Another outstanding thriller from Pierre Lemaitre. Delighted to have discovered this author.

Nov 04, 2016

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FINALLY A BOOK THAT CLAIMS TO BE LIKE GONE GIRL OR Girl On The Train and actually lives up to the hype!

Sophie is becoming concerned. When she first began becoming forgetful, she was worried but brushed it off; everyone confuses an appointment or forgets where they have stored something. But as time progressed, Sophie sank deeper and deeper into bouts of complete confusion and then, eventually, blackouts. Sophie tries to go about her life the best she can but is suddenly forced to go on the run when her six-year-old charge is brutally murdered while in her care. Now Sophie must learn to survive, to survive she needs a new identity, and to gain a new identity she will need to trust other. But how can she trust others when she doesn’t even trust herself….

Blood Wedding, by Pierre LaMaitre, is, hands down, one of the most insane pieces of crime fiction I have ever read. This story has everything that I love in a novel. It mixes domestic and psychological thriller elements, we have an extremely unreliable narrator (think Gone Girl or Girl on the Train) and a plot twist so unexpected that the entire view of the novel changes.

Sophie narrates the story through her first person point of view. She is scared and confused as she experiences blackouts, memory loss, and huge blank spaces. She doesn’t remember having to go places, she misplaces her car and she becomes involved with the police after a shoplifting incident she has no memory of. She is working through it the best way she can until a six-year-old boy in her care is murdered. What is she supposed to do? Fearing what will happen, and her fearing her own sanity, she goes on the run and tries to develop a new life for herself.

LaMaitre writes a completely twisted plot that left me wanting more. From the first page, I was hooked by Sophie’s plight. I found myself just as confused as she was throughout most of the beginning of the book. Does she have mental health issues? Is she being framed? It remains completely unclear. About half way through the book, LaMaitre drops the biggest plot twist of any book I have ever read and the novel takes on a completely different course. By the end of the novel, I was speechless. This book is extremely fast paced. This book is extremely fast paced. There is really no “down time” for the reader; the action is continuous. I truly could not put this book down.

I also really enjoyed the translation of this novel. Many novels that have been translated I find can sometimes be jumbled at times, and rightfully so; however, this was not the case at all with this novel. The writing flowed easily and I remained completely engaged throughout its entirety.

I will not say anything more, as I do not want to give away any plot points, but believe me when I say, this is a book that you will want to be reading. If you have it on your list, move it to the top and if it isn’t, you’ll want to add it. While you are doing that, you may as well add his other novels to it as well. I know I am.

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

Sophie Duguet is a depressed young Parisian with a sad past and blank spots in her memory. First she can't remember where she parked her car, then she can't remember shoplifting, and now she can't remember killing the six-year-old boy she was babysitting -- though he's clearly been strangled with her own shoelace. Knowing what's in store for her, she goes on the run, creating a new identity and trying to figure out why so many bad things happen to the people around her. But about half way through Blood Wedding, another character takes over narrating, and the story gets creepier, more claustrophobic, and more depraved in a way that fans of seasoned French author Pierre Lemaître will appreciate.

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