Three Days and a Life – Pierre Lemaitre

Happy belated release day!!

Thanks to Quercus for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review.

THREE DAYS AND A LIFE by Pierre Lemaitre (released November 1st, 2017)

For those who have read BLOOD WEDDING, this is very different from that. This is more of a character driven novel than it is a crime fiction novel.

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My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!

If you’ve read any of Pierre Lemaitre’s other books, this one will be a little slower in comparison. My only other Lemaitre book was BLOOD WEDDING (which was so twisty and I loved it!), so I’m glad I went into this one with little information. I feel like that can be best with books – don’t want the hype or reviews to have an impact on the reading experience. THREE DAYS AND A LIFE is definitely more of a focus on the character, rather than being a typical crime fiction novel, but it was still dark and disturbing.

Antoine has made two decisions, twelve years apart, that have changed his life and molded who he is as a man. In 1999, Antoine is 12 years old and violently lashes out which results in the death of his young neighbor. He hides the body and buries the secret and his guilt – he is never suspected in any involvement with the disappearance. More than a decade later, Antoine is a successful doctor and is happily engaged. He returns to his home town and gives into temptation and cheats on his wife. Months later, both of these events come back to haunt him and Antoine must decide what he is prepared to do in order to keep his secrets from getting out.

I don’t want to give too much more away. With this being just under 200 pages, it’s a quick read and keeps you turning to pages to see what will happen next for Antoine. This definitely isn’t your typical mystery or suspense novel – this is more focused on the impacts these decisions have had on his life. What is a desperate man to do when faced with his dark past?

Overall, this is more of a noir fiction feel than it is psychological or mystery thriller. It’s different than other books I’ve read in this genre, and I’m glad I picked it up. The decisions we make can have a lasting impression on us, whether we realize it or not.

 

Have you read any of Pierre Lemaitre’s other books?

–Jess

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