‘Japrisot writes with warmth and has a gift for rendering almost every character instantly likable.’ New Yorker
‘A magician who lays out the truth on the page.’ Le Monde
‘With an instantly recognisable style and great story-telling techniques, he might be called the Graham Greene of France’ The Independent
‘The most welcome talent since the early Simenons’ New York Times
‘Utterly captivating’ The Guardian
‘A cordon bleu mixture of suspense, sex, trick psychology and fast action’ Publishers Weekly
‘Diabolically clever’ Anita Brookner, author of Hotel du Lac
‘Japrisot holds a unique place in contemporary fiction. With the quality and originality of his writing, he has hugely contributed to breaking down the barrier between crime fiction and literary fiction’ Le Monde
‘A marvellous storyteller’ Télérama
‘Unreeled with the taut, confident shaping of a grand master … Funny, awful, first-rate. A rich and resonant sonata in black, astutely suspended between mythic tragedy and the grubby pathos of nagging everyday life’ Kirkus Reviews
For a short novel, this is a story that packs a punch! It's very dark and has sinister undertones, and I loved it!
Set in France, in a small riviera resort, this is the story of a housewife, Mellie, who is subjected to an horrific attack by a man who recently shows up in town. You really sense the fear she feels when she's attacked in her own home, and that horror continues into the next door as he sticks around... you'll find yourself totally on her side with how she deals with this 'man'.
And what follows is the aftermath, and the presence of an American in town who seems a little too interested in Mellie and this man - you wonder what his motive is. He's asking way too many questions and she wonders if she can trust him.
There's a lot of dodgy, darker goings on in this book and that intrigue kept me hooked throughout. Pulsating, thrilling and twisted - my kind of book!
My thanks to Gallic Press for the advanced reader copy in return for a fair and honest review.