Review: Alex by Pierre Lemaitre


Pierre LemaitrePierre+Lemaître[1]

ISBN:  978-1-62365-000-1

MacLehose Press; 2013

Hard Cover, 362 pgs.

Release date: September 3, 2013, $24.95

Reviewed by Gina Metz

Alex is book one in Pierre Lemaitre’s Commandant Camille Verhoeven trilogy translated from French by Frank Wynne.

Alex Prevost is a beautiful single 30 year old woman living in Paris.  After a day of shopping and treating herself to a dinner out, Alex is kidnapped off a Paris street while walking home.  Her kidnapper savagely beats her and places her in a cage suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse.  All he will tell her is that he wants to watch her die.

An eyewitness notifies the police but gives very vague details of the girl, the kidnapper and the van.  Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven is assigned the case but initially has very little to go on and it is even difficult to be sure a kidnapping has taken place.

Verhoeven does not want to take the case as it hits entirely too close to home for him.  A few years earlier Verhoeven’s wife was kidnapped and killed and he had a breakdown shortly thereafter.  But his superior insists that he take the case until another detective comes back to town to take over the case.  By the time the other detective returns, Verhoeven is too deeply involved in the case to relinquish it.

Alex is a riveting book that the reader will not want to put down until the final page has been read.  Be prepared to be enthralled by the book’s twists and turns.  I could not read this book fast enough.  I highly recommend it to mystery readers.  I cannot wait to read the other books in this trilogy.

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