Pub Date 07 Nov 2017
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?
“A really excellent suspense novelist.”–Stephen King
“The front rank of the French crime-writing fraternity.” –William Grimes, New York Times
“Lemaitre fires away in a prose style that’s like a flurry of short jabs to the solar plexus.”–Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post
“Lemaitre adapts Larsson’ blueprint with moves of his own.” –Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times
“Lemaitre has gone from strength to strength…the ghost of Alfred Hitchcock hovers over this one, but there’s little doubt that the Master of Suspense would feel that his legacy is in reliable hands.”–Barry Forshaw, The Independent
"Creepy, demented, and typical of Lemaitre's crime fiction: unpredictable in a deliciously depraved way. Readers . . . will not be disappointed. Atmospheric and chilling and packed with Lemaitre's trademark twists and turns." –Kirkus Reviews