Sunday, September 28, 2014
Alex by Pierre Lemaitre
4.0 out of 5 stars -- Unpredictable and TWISTED!
STOP! If you are reading this review because you are interested in this book, do not make the same mistake I did and read it before reading IRENE, the first book in this trilogy. If you go ahead anyway, be forewarned, that you will be sorry later. Unfortunately, I thought this was the first book in the series, but in truth, it is the second. Now, having read both IRENE and ALEX, though out of order, I can say I would have enjoyed them even more had I read them the other way around.
Alex Prevost is enjoying a day of shopping and an evening of dining out in Paris. On her way home, she is kidnapped and taken to an abandoned structure where she is caged and hung from the ceiling. Who has taken her, and why does he want to "watch her die."
The unreliable witness to the abduction can only offer that the victim was beaten and taken off in a white van. Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven grudgingly takes up the case with little more to go on -- no one has been reported missing and the police have no idea who the abducted girl might be. As the team races against time to find Alex, they uncover interesting information that leads them to wonder if there is more to this than originally thought.
Fast-paced with twists and turns the reader can't anticipate, this is a very enjoyable and suspenseful read. Part thriller, part police procedural, it's well developed and complicated -- just when you think you know what's going on -- a surprise. The story leaves you will a few nagging questions and more than a few thoughts about good vs evil. People are much more complex than their actions. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes a dark story with some graphic content and some unique characters.
I can't wait to read the conclusion to this trilogy.
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