What’s it about?
Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone’s business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour’s dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour’s six year old son are bound forever.
In the years following Rémi’s disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again?
After I read Alex by Pierre Lemaitre I knew that I wanted to read more of his books. Alex was just do darn good and I’ve waited too long to pick up another so am especially grateful for this advanced copy I got to read.
The majority is told from a 12-year-old’s point of view and is an interesting way of telling a story, although at times I felt the language comes across as too old but hey I appreciate what the intention was. There are moments of being torn between sympathising for Antoine and his actions but playing that off against knowing what’s right and waiting for justice with the tension building as you sit and wait for him to do the right thing. But of course the longer it’s left, the harder it becomes.
We get right into Antoine’s head and after a moment of madness we see how guilt and torment can eats away at him; can he ever live at ease and get on with life? If you think you can get away with it, would you tell? Or do you wait for Karma to take it’s course!!
This book had me gripped from the outset but for me I didn’t like the ending so ended up awarding 4* but still a highly recommended psychological novel!
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Source: ARC – many thanks!
No of pages: 256
Publisher: MacLehose Press