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24 November 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
This is a very long (600+ pages in print) French serial killer novel, set in the US, and following the conventions of the genre (FBI profilers, etc.). In spite of the fact that it lacks originality, I enjoyed it a lot. The basic story is that of Will Edwards, a child sexually abused by his father, bullied and terrorised by his classmates, who has a single defender, the prettiest girl in his school who takes him under her wing. He reacts to his abuse by becoming a rapacious and ingenious serial killer, and the book mostly recounts the story of an FBI team's attempts to catch him, led by ace profiler R.J. Scanlon (a man with a few problems of his own). The vast length of the book allows the exploration of many themes: rivalries (personal and sexual) between members of the team, and the development of relations between Scanlon and Will's defender, and also in a strange way between Will and RJ. There's a sequel (also good) but the book is self-contained. In spite of its length, it's easy to read, and the French is straightforward, so readers with less than native competence in French can plunge in without any worries. It's won some prizes in France, and deserved to, in my opinion.