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Sophie Duguet--young, successful, and happily married--thought at first she was becoming absentminded when she started misplacing her mail and forgetting where she'd parked her car the night before. But then, ...
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Sophie Duguet--young, successful, and happily married--thought at first she was becoming absentminded when she started misplacing her mail and forgetting where she'd parked her car the night before. But then, as her husband and colleagues pointed out with increasing frustration, she began forgetting things she'd said and done, too. And when she was detained by the police for shoplifting, a crime she didn't remember committing, the confusion and blackouts that had begun to plague her took on a more sinister cast. Her marriage started to come apart at the seams.

Now Sophie is in much deeper water: the young boy she nannies is dead while in her care, a tragedy of which she has no memory. Afraid for her sanity and of what the police will do to her when the body is discovered, Sophie goes on the run, changing her identity and appearance to evade the law. Forced to lead a very different kind of life, one on the margins of society, Sophie wonders where everything went wrong.

Still, with a new name and a new life, she hopes that she'll be able to put her demons to rest for good. It soon becomes clear, however, that the real nightmare has only just begun . . .

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"If you only read one thriller this summer, do make sure it's this one. Highly recommended."—Raven Crime Reads
"Lemaitre writes beautifully, able to create a narrative taut with tension. I was on the edge of my seat, completely creeped out by everything that happens. Sophie's story is the ultimate nightmare and her ordeal will keep you reading late into the night. I can't recommend this book enough if you are a suspense reader."—Vilma's Book Blog
"Absorbing and disturbing . . . The Psycho-based denouement is extraordinary."
Marcel Berlins, The Times

"Fills the reader with doubt, makes him vacillate between reality and paranoia . . . takes us on a 300-page journey at top speed, leaving the reader staggering."
"The best part about Blood Wedding and Sophie's bizarre tale is when he deftly pieces together the puzzle behind the heinous crime, and the whole picture is so painfully simple, so crystal clear, it beggars belief. And then his work is done and you've just finished a book about a crime that you would never have seen coming."—Indian Express
"Creepy, demented, and typical of Lemaitre's crime fiction: unpredictable in a deliciously depraved way. Readers . . . will not be disappointed. Atmospheric and chilling and packed with Lemaitre's trademark twists and turns."
Kirkus Reviews

"A pacy, disturbing noir . . . told in crisp, distant, almost ironic prose . . . Blood Wedding is agonizingly suspenseful and at times almost unbearably cruel, but it twists and turns with grace and verve to reach a blistering conclusion."
Declan Hughes, Irish Times

"A tremendous standalone novel . . . Lemaitre's work is inspired and disturbing and can't be trusted. Although his novels are not normally for the faint of heart, Blood Wedding is more about psychology than violence. With precise, elegant prose, he manipulates and unnerves. Like Sophie, the reader can be sure only that things aren't what they seem."
Shelf Awareness (Starred Review)

"A hyper-adrenalized shot of tension and twists, spiked with troubled psychologies and clichés deftly dismantled . . . Hitchcock would be proud."
Kevin Harley, Crime Scene

"Blood Wedding gave me a stroke: 'My God, please never let this happen to me!' This story is solidly in the realm of the possible, which makes it an even more terrifying book."
Bernard Poirette, RTL TV (France)

"A psycho-chiller of the first order which will have you looking at even family and friends suspiciously."
Jon Wise, Weekend Sport

"An ingenious long con, this devious psychological thriller from Prix Goncourt-winner Lemaitre promises a satisfying eventual payoff. . . Intensely suspenseful."—Publishers Weekly
"A darkly disturbing thriller, Pierre Lemaitre's Blood Wedding gives new life to the genre with this mind-bending novel that keeps readers engrossed in excited speculation . . . Highly recommend."—
"Lemaitre has imagined a very elaborate thriller...proving again to be a master of the what-more-can-he-heap-on-this-story school of plotting."—M.A. Orthofer, Complete Review

"Pierre Lemaitre strikes me as having a block of ice where his heart should be . . . This is a thoroughly frightening account of how easily and how badly an ordinary life can go wrong."
Charlotte Heathcote, Sunday Express

"A scorching, serpentine novel . . . Lemaitre's skill shines from every page, supported at every turn by an elegantly constructed plot complete with elements of noir that would make even James Ellroy proud."
Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail

"Adrenaline-charged . . . The narrative is reminiscent of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl with numerous twists and turns as the story exposes layers of motives of the main characters. Highly recommended for all mystery fans."
Library Journal

"[Lemaitre] has gone from strength to strength . . . The ghost of Alfred Hitchcock hovers over this one, but there's little doubt that the Master of Suspense would feel that his legacy is in reliable hands."
Barry Forshaw, Independent

"A labyrinthine, matryoshka doll of a novel, the book's many layers will shock and astound you. Evoking novels as diverse as Patricia Highsmith's classic The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Gillian Flynn's tricky modern bestseller Gone Girl, it is a terrific page turner, one guaranteed to heighten your sense of paranoia significantly. It's an impressive bit of literary sleight of hand that keep's you guessing...building to a satisfying grand finale that most won't see coming."
Hank Wagner, Mystery Scene Magazine

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