What people are saying about Alex…


‘Grippingly original… it enthralls at every stage of its unpredictability.’ –The Times

‘This is harsh, fierce crime writing with a gauloise tinge. It would not be out of place filmed in blac-and-white by the late, lamented Francoise Truffaut.’ –Daily Mail

“Moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth.’ –The Guardian

The birth of a great author . . . Half crime novel, half thriller, 100% successful” –Figaro

“Sensational, gripping and absolutely unpredictable . . . With a heroine who makes Lisbeth Salander look like Mary Poppins and the utterly unique and charmingly diminutive detective Verhoeven this is a read to look forward to” –Raven Crime Reads

“Meet Pierre Lemaitre, the new Steig Larsson…” –The Times


It was refreshing to read a book that constantly kept me guessing & had so many twists and turns. So dramatic, I couldn’t put it down, read it in just 2 days! – Shawny Cleworth

Like Alex, Pierre Lemaitre has the ability to tease, to play a symphony on the reader’s heart strings, to manipulate, shock and excite.I am still left wondering who Alex was and whether the real victim was me. I’m still in shock – Tim Marshall

A quite unique crime novel, which begins on a note of tantalising intrigue, pinballs into high-octane thriller territory, and finally turns into a sophisticated game of cat-and-mouse between two compelling protagonists, with a race towards the truth… – Lex Spears

Couldn’t put this book down. Characters were quirky but realistic and I enjoyed the subtle humour throughout the dark story. Anytime you thought you could predict what was going to happen everything changed. Best book I’ve read in a while and hope more will follow! – Clare

I had high pretty expectations for this book given how much people had been talking about it. Believe me it surpassed them. This has more twists and turns than a weekend at Alton Towers. Alex and the detective character are just brilliant creations too. – R DellaGriva

This novel keeps you on the edge and plays with your emotions throughout the twisting intense story. I look forward to the next novel featuring Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven. – William Falo

“I don’t read much crime fiction, but I got this book as part of a giveaway and decided to give it a read. I’m really glad I did, because it’s a brilliant book, full of twists and I couldn’t put it down. I actually read the whole thing in three days, which is pretty good going. I’ve already bought a copy for my friend and I would really recommend it.” – Laurie Atwell

“WARNING: This book messes with your head! (in a good way!). Pierre LeMaitre plays on your emotions and sympathies with real skill throughout this superbly written novel. It starts out as what appears to be a straightforward kidnapping and then twists 2 or 3 times into something else entirely. Who is Alex? Indeed. I’d tell you but why spoil it?” – Sarah Ashley

I can’t remember the last time I read a book originally written in a language other than English, but if this is the quality I’m missing out on then I need to start looking around. A very twisty tale, split into three parts.. – Iain Purdle

I received this book as a first read in a giveaway it was really good. Twists and turns all away.. couldnt put it down you just had to know what was going to happen next. Can’t wait for more from Commandant Camille Verhoeven – Debbie Heggie