Review: Pierre Lemaitre – Irene

Irene
Pierre Lemaitre

Camille has a loving wife, a successful career in crime fighting and an unborn child. Life is good, until a killer starts recreating scenes from classic crime novels. As the level of horror rises, Camillle is fighting against someone he thinks he knows.

19480636If you are squeamish, this isn’t the novel for you. Apart from the part about eyeballs, which is my personal phobia and that I skipped over, I can say the horror was visceral.

This novel reminds me of Angel Killer, mainly in the type of horrific crimes that are being committed. I didn’t know that I appreciated horror novels. Or maybe because this one is fixed around crime that’s why I enjoyed it.

The twists and turns in this novel! I was constantly reading, wondering what shock would happen next. I was completely and utterly devastated by the ending. At the same time, I’m not sure exactly what I expected. It was just so good.

This novel is translated from French, and I have to say it was a brilliant translation. Something about the floral goodness of French Literature translates beautifully into English (not like Spanish!). It meant that I was enjoying the streets while also having no real grasp of how crime solving went in French. It didn’t bother me in the least.

I’m giving this a really solid 4 stars, and would consider giving it 5 stars. Such a thriller, psychologically awesome!

4star

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