download-1I have been meaning to write a small review of this book for about a week. The desire has nibbled timorously in the back of my mind. Finally, I finished my grading for my on-line class, submitted the grades, and now it is time to move on. I have been going a little further to a better-stocked library which isn’t hard to do in Tampa, Florida because we have so many libraries. Obviously, we have many book lovers.

The first thing I do when searching out a new author is to read about their background. Pierre Lemaitre is the author of “Blood Wedding.” He is also the award-winning author of the Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy. His first language is French and the book was translated by Frank Wynne. I enjoy reading translated books because following the author’s train of thought is more challenging and it presents a unique vision.

I won’t deny that this book is based on a weird concept but not a totally implausible one. Sophie, the main character, is targeted by a man who hunts her down eager to ruin her picture perfect life. His resolve involves an old grudge against one of her family members already passed away.  The story is full of twist and turns and doesn’t reveal exactly the source of Sophie’s absentmindedness which include misplacing her mail and forgetting where she parked her car. Little does she now, when she is detained by the police for shoplifting and later pursued by the police as a murderess that she is not the one pulling the strings. Even when she takes on a new name and a new life, her nightmare has just begun.

The story has a twisted happy ending and it is worth reading. If only for the thought that you hope it is written as fiction, but in the back of your mind, you might wonder, is it plausible that this could happen? A great read for the Christmas holidays. It will definitely take you out of your comfort zone and make you want to read more of this author’s work.

“A really excellent suspense novelist.” (Stephen King) if you need further confirmation.