Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget.
One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her.
Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online.
But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . .
1 Reader Reviews
A gripping read
Blood Wedding is the second novel by French author, Pierre Lemaitre, and the fifth to be translated into English. It was first published as Robe de Marié in 2009 and is flawlessly translated from French by Frank Wynne. Young widow, Sophie Duguet is working as a nanny in Paris when she wakes up to find her charge, six-year-old Léo Gervais, murdered. While she can’t remember doing it, she begins to believe she must have done, and flees before her terrible crime is discovered.
As Sophie goes into hiding, she thinks back to when she first began to go insane. She recalls once being happily married to Vincent, before she started to forget, to lose things, to imagine things; before her mother-in-law fell down the stairs; before Vincent had a horrific car accident; before she was left alone; before Léo was strangled. And she now finds herself taking actions she could never have believed of that happy young wife.
Lemaitre’s psychological thriller takes the form of third- and first-person narratives, diary entries, a newspaper article, clinical file reports and internet chat transcripts. He paints a vivid picture of a young woman losing her mind before turning the story on its head. By half-way, the who is quite apparent; the how is revealed to be alarmingly easy; the why keeps the pages turning. It ends with a brilliant twist. A gripping read. 4.5 stars
With thanks to GoodReads Giveaways and Hachette Australia for this copy to read and review.