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Antoine is 12 years old. His parents are divorced, and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone's business and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour's dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour's six-year-old son are bound forever.
In the years following Rémi's disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again?
Translated from the French by Frank Wynne.
©2017 Editions Albin Michel (P)2017 WF Howes Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 11-28-17

An immersive tale of foreboding...

A well orchestrated story of an event in a small French town, and its ramifications. Pierre Lemaitre's story is unfolded in a way that may seem slow paced to some, but to me is a work of art. He leads through the story through Antoine in such a way that you feel that you have experienced the story from every perspective, and sensed every emotion. Peter Noble's narration is superb, adding to the pacing of the book and constantly reminding the listener that this is a story set is France, with French characters, attitudes and differences.
The story is a clever tale of foreboding, gradually unfolding until the very end. It is not as gory or "thrilling" as some of his other books, but is an immersive experience - by the end I hope that you will share my enthusiasm for this author. Enjoy !

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