I am still in shock over this novel. From the initial pages where a young woman is kidnapped and kept barely alive in a warehouse crate five feet off the ground, you are hooked on her story. The brutal, vivid scenes will leave you reeling, but you must read on.

The early European reviews of Pierre Lemaitre’s novel, Alex are all praise: “harsh, fierce crime writing” and “a novel of two halves, each as astonishing and unexpected as the other, served by extraordinary characters, and skillfully written. The torment and the twists of the book will keep you from sleeping” (Point de Vue).

This book is NOT for the faint of heart, and it contains an inherent darkness similar to what you might have encountered in the trilogy by Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. The chief investigator, Camille Verhoeven, has demons of his own to fight in this gritty, intricate story before he can unravel the mystery of Alex.

Oh, and you might want to read this quickly, before your mind registers the horror that is integral to the story. You will keep reading to find out who the villain really is! Lemaitre is already planning on a trilogy for Verhoeven, the investigator, so you will have to be ready for the next installment! Don’t say I didn’t warn you first!

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