I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is my first book by Pascal Garnier and I must confess that going into this novel I knew practically nothing about him as a writer or his works. I must say that I have been missing out. I quickly put several other of his works recently published by Gallic Books on my wish list and will be working my way through them for the next year or so. I always love encountering a new (to me) writer that has a back list of books to enjoy. Ignorance may be bliss, but then again sometimes so is discovery.
Any fan of noir will love this novel. It begins introducing us to our main protagonists with a wit and snarkiness that drew me in right away. I could tell right away that I was going to enjoy Garnier’s style and as the plot developed and we descended into the twists and turns (and slow reveals) of this dark, dark story, I found that he was as good a storyteller as he was a writer.
I don’t want to give away much of the novel but I will say that it is masterfully plotted and will appeal to fans of noir, psychological thrillers, or literary dark fiction.
5 stars. Sign me up for the rest of his books.
Garnier is a French Hitchcock. A master.