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 . . .
For fans of Gone Girl and Lemaitre's own internationally bestselling Alex, Blood Wedding is a compelling psychological thriller with a formidable female protagonist.
Translated from the French by Frank Wynne
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
We’ve long admired Pierre Lemaitre as a master of dark psychological thrillers, and Blood Wedding is one of his best. It’s a twisting, pulse-pounding tale about the poisonous effects of guilt and how people reshape their identities to survive. The novel follows traumatised French nanny Sophie, who’s already fearing for her sanity when she finds the child in her care brutally murdered. Terrified by what she might have done, Sophie flees and becomes the most wanted woman in France. Lemaitre meticulously documents his heroine’s unravelling—but that’s only half the story.
Like an ingenious long con, this devious psychological thriller from Prix Goncourt winner Lemaitre (The Great Swindle) promises a satisfying eventual payoff but only to readers willing to persevere through a depressing first half centered on a protagonist who's pretty hard to root for, despite the many tragedies in her young life. Down-on-her-luck Parisian Sophie Duguet becomes the subject of a nationwide manhunt, accused of cold-blooded murders including the strangulation of the six-year-old she was caring for which she has no recollection of committing. From there things swiftly worsen for the fugitive, who seems to be struggling more with paralyzing nightmares and other manifestations of what she interprets as mental illness than with evading capture until a second main character, the mysterious Frantz, bursts onto the scene. His arrival turns everything you think you know about Sophie and the story so far on its head, setting up an intensely suspenseful, if wildly unbelievable, cat and mouse game.