What’s it about?
In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prévost – beautiful, resourceful, tough – may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out.
Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verhoeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.
This was our book club read for October and one I was looking forward too and it really didn’t disappoint. This is a book that’ll send your mind into overdrive.
It’s the second in a trilogy but can be read easily enough as a standalone. There is sufficient info surrounding Camille’s back story so you’re not reading at a disadvantage. Although I felt the relationship between Camille and his team is quite strained and I assume this may have been explored more or easier to understand if you knew more detail from book 1.
Right from the opening chapters you’re pulled into this chase, you know Alex is being stalked and what ensues is a race against time.
I dislike books which are described as the next this and the next that but this is very Gone Girl in that you think you know the character and are sympathising with them when bam! You think you’ve figured it out but with so many twists you’ve no idea what’s coming next and where it’s going to end.
Some of the scenes are brutal, horrific in fact, with some of the tortuous acts committed described in one or two sentences and in very dark humour and matter of fact, but this just made me think about them and imagine around them even more. This isn’t for you if you don’t like graphically described suffering.
Overall, I loved this book. It’s a shockingly good thriller with an outstanding conclusion that all fans of crime and thriller novels will love. Hopefully the other books in the trilogy Irene and Camille will be published in English soon!
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