Events spin seriously out of control after a college professor wakes up beside the dead body of one of his students in this intense, mesmerizing literary thriller from France’s #1 bestselling author.
Events spin seriously out of control after a college professor wakes up beside the dead body of one of his students in this spare, existential literary thriller from France’s #1 bestselling author.
In tight, evocative prose, Philippe Djian brings a buzzing urgency to this story set in a sleepy academic enclave in rural France, where Marc, a professor whose interest in women has filled the hole left by his failed literary ambitions, makes a habit of bringing home his most promising students for brief-but-pleasant affairs. One night Marc brings home his student Barbara, only to discover, to his horror, her lifeless body lying next to him the next day. Instead of calling the police, he disposes of her body in a remote gorge—a decision with consequences that catapult him into an ever-quickening spiral of suspicion and self-doubt.
Consequences is a powerful introduction to one of France’s biggest stars, and, from the gripping opening mystery to its final riveting pages, it’s a story you won’t soon forget.
Most readers should have no problem accepting the implausible premise of this wonderfully trashy stand-alone from Djian (Unforgivable). Marc, a creative-writing professor at a rural French university, has discovered one of the great perks of the job: the easy availability of willing young women. One evening he picks up a 23-year-old student, Barbara, and takes her back to his house, which he shares with his sister, Marianne. The next morning he discovers Barbara dead. After disposing of her body, Marc tries to resume his life. His reputation for seducing his female students is well-known on campus, but the lothario raises eyebrows when he becomes romantically involved with Barbara s 46-year-old stepmother, Myriam. As he becomes more attached to Myriam and as Marianne becomes involved with the head of the university s literature department tensions at home rise. The action builds to an explosive ending, and Marc must confront his relationship with his sister and their troubled past.