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Richard Lafargue is an eminent plastic surgeon haunted by dirty secrets. He has an operating theatre in the basement of his chateau and keeps his partner Eve imprisoned in her bedroom. In alternating chapters, Jonquet introduces seemingly unrelated characters - all of whom are caught in a deceitful web, doomed to meet their fate.
Published November 10th 2005 by Serpent's Tail (first published 1984)
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I watched the film adaptation by Pedro Almodovar titled "The Skin I Live in" ("La Piel que Habito") in 2011. I liked a lot the movie and when I found out that it was based on a novel, I decided that eventually I will read it.

Finally it happened. First of all, taking out the major surprise in the storyline (don't worry, I won't spoil it), both stories are quite different, so it helped to appreciate the novel, while being the original story, and still have some surprises or unexpected developments
JaHy♕ Bitchy  Goddess ♥'s  everything CrAzY  ☿

I started this book w/ minimal expectations and in return they were met 10 fold. TARANTULA is MOST DEFINITELY NOT FOR EVERYONE …. This tale will test the readers patients, endurance, frustration level and fundamental math skills **1+1= ? .. WHAT?**...... Here's a little glimpse of emotions you can expect to endure....

..okay, you’ve been warned.

The chaos begins with the Dapper Richard Lafargue summoning Eve in this manner--> "For God sakes, hurry up you
Aug 15, 2014 Kynthos-the-Archer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who could appreciate a good disturbing mind fuqking - crime and psychological thriller genre.

Please try to refrain from looking at my shelf tags for this book. Unless of course you don't mind spoiling this book before you could get to it. You have been adequately warned.

Rating: 4.5 stars

What a twisted book with a twisted ending to match. I was left aghast and reeling with mixed emotion after finishing it.

Be ready for a dark and twisted story driven by hate and fear. It all started with a crime of lust and selfish indulgence which lead to the destruction of an innocent young girl. But
Carol (StarAngel's Reviews) Allen

My first hunch was correct.....*patting myself on the back

But I LOVED how the author incorporated doubt in that hunch over and over again.

And I especially loved the ending....can you consider that an HEA?? hahahaaa
Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

4.5 SHOCKING STARS!! In order to read this book, perseverance is a must.

Someone take me to a mental hospital:




NEWEST EDIT: Due to some enlightening of certain characters and plot twists, I am reading this one NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW.

Edit: I'll pick this one back up later. I have no darn clue what's going on, and these words aren't making sense to me.


How do you know me
Maybe you have to be a sick and deranged individual to enjoy this. Or maybe you need to be able to detach yourself a little from your own humanity and perceive human nature with a neutral eye. One thing is clear: Tarantula is not for the faint of heart.

For me, this is hands down the best revenge book I’ve ever read! I seriously can’t imagine a more terrifying form of revenge than the one presented here (and I assure you, I have a wild imagination). Complex type of vengeance also, if you think ab
*****5 Puzzling Stars*****

I am not sure how to begin, I can just tell you as I read this I felt like I was solving a puzzle.

Not a very easy to solve puzzle, at least for this girl, might I add. While I was reading it I had a million different possibilities as to what could possibly be going on.

The story is about Dr. Lafargue, an eccentric plastic surgeon. Dr. Lafargue keeps a woman, Eve, confined in his home. Eve is only permitted to leave the home for dinners, social obligations, oh and...when
4.5 stars

I don't even know if I can write a review right now. I think I may need some time to digest what I just read.
I'll try to review it anyway.

Was this a romance? Nope, can't say it was but some kind of twisted love came out of this and I'm left here asking "what the hell just happened?" (view spoiler)
Funny thing is I believed I knew what was playing out then I kept reading and started doubting myself, that will teach me go with my gut next time. But
Silvana -SLiTsRead
I love my dark reads, I love them clever, to leave me guessing and at the end to be completely blown away by elements I didn't forsee coming. Tarantula does that and more, what a clever short novel that packed a big punch, full of twists and turns. It sure left an big impact, the writing was skillful and engaging.

The main plot narrates the story of expert plastic surgeon, Richard Lafargue, a mysterious character who keeps a woman, Eve, captive in his home. Richard uses Eve to perform for him wit
Carla ☺Did I Say That☺
4.5 *Holy Shit* Stars!!
Wow..where do I begin...first off this book is not for everyone..and I really mean that!!This book will test every ounce of patience you have..but the payoff is worth its wait in gold!!..

In all honesty..there were a few times I said screw done this is going on my DNF shelf..

But I'm so glad I didn't give up..because what a helluva mindfuck this one turn out to be!!
Now im gonna be vague with this one because to much info will give this story bare with me!!!
Lissett  S Ordosgoitti
2015 Reading Challenge #3: Un libro convertido en película.

Novela corta de lectura rápida por la ágil escritura del autor. Esta tiene como personajes principales a Richard, Éve y Viviane y muestra como sus vidas se entrelazan por un delito acontecido en el pasado. La historia muestra el lado oscuro de la humanidad y los limites que estamos dispuestos a romper con tal de hacer justicia por nuestra cuenta. Ojo por ojo, diente por diente . En lo personal es una historia directa, cruda, llena de
Take my words, This book is fascinating.

The story is a brilliant but bizarre mixture of thriller and erotica, a complicative, finely crafted tale of revenge and suffering, domination and submission, (both mental and physical) abuse and tenderness, love and hate. It shows us a heart-stoppingly violent power struggle between two 'men' and two 'women', it revealed the complicated relationship between predator and prey, prisoner and jailer.

It's difficult to comment on Mygale without spoiling the su
OMFG two things came to mind when I was finished reading this one was pure revenge and just the karma bites you in the ass kind either and the other was coincidence on an epic scale and I can say no more with out writing spoilers in here (which I won't do).

This book was the biggest mind-fcuk I have ever read and I'm left not sure how I feel about any of the characters I blame Mygale for what he did? well yes but based on his reasons how can I? do I feel sorry for Eve? well yes but based
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ TrixieTracy Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
It's not often I pick up a short book and give it a 5 stars (if ever?) but this one really appealed to my inner dark and twisted psyche.

What doesn't usually work for me in short reads is they tend to miss out the build up of characters and momentum of a plot. However in this, the ambiguity of both the characters and plot is all part of the story line that builds its own momentum and impetus.

The writing is simple but effective, the story unique and base, together they are unusually seductive but

What a beautiful monstrosity of a book! I loved it, every twisted part of it. The story centres on famed plastic surgeon Richard Lafargue who has many secrets (ones you can't even begin to imagine to know) and Eve, his partner, who he keeps looked away in her room and forces her to do unspeakable things. Obviously it's an intriguing plot however nothing can really prepare you for Lafargue's reasoning behind his actions and the final outcome. Written by Thierry Jonquet, this makes for a must rea
Đorđe Bajić
Reč je o kratkom romanu koji se brzo čita, a koji još brže očitava ono što je velikog Almodovara privuklo ovom delu iz sada već davne 1984. godine. Tu je pre svega poigravanje sa pitanjima polnog i rodnog, potom uvek filmski potentan motiv osvete, te kao i kod većine francuskih literata sasvim odomaćena nonšalancija u prikazivanju devijantnog, bizarnog i/ili društveno neprihvatljivog. Da ne bude zabune, Žonkeova Tarantula je roman kao stvoren za ekranizaciju (a čini se da je i sam autor tako neš ...more
Jenna~Ice Queen~Dreams
Ahhh!!! Great book! Can't believe that ending!!
Clocking in at around 120pp., Jonquet’s Mygale is a fast read indeed with a few twists and turns, one which in particular is a bit incongruous with what has happened before but which the movie totally ignored.

There were two main characters in the novel: Richard Lafargue, a renowned plastic surgeon, and Eve, who may or may not be his girlfriend. Lafarque has a weird penchant for humiliating Even when it suits him. He finds Johns for her and he watches from a distance and vicariously lives off thi
A great 'making you pay' story that reminds me of Franju's "Eyes Without a Face." It has that slightly surreal horror aspect to it. And many years later I am in Paris and looking for something to read in English, I found Joquet's "Tarantula." I purchased it and once I got on the plane i realized it was the British edition of "Mygale." So that was a disappointing moment. But alas I re-read the book.

Its a masterpiece! As I mentioned it does have that Franju horror aspect, but it is also a very nas
I saw Pedro Almodóvar’s film The Skin I live In before discovering this novel and was blown away by it. Reading this has blown me away once again and will remain in my memory for quite some time. This book (packed into just over 100 pages) has left me emotionally reeling, which doesn’t happen often enough.

This has been mentioned in previous reviews here that the film and novel (although the main plot remains) will be a totally different experience and advise all to do both.
I’m glad that I could
Urenna Sander
Mygale is the story of an esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr. Richard Lafargue, tracks down and imprisons the young man (Vincent) who raped his daughter. The hostage does not divulge he and a friend, named Alex, molested the physician’s daughter.
Four years later, with Vincent still missing, in a strange twist of fate, Alex robs a bank and kills a police officer. With his face caught on tape, police distribute Alex’s picture throughout France. To escape, Alex will require a new identity.
While in hidi
La historia que relata es bastante sorprendente, y a la vez está contada de manera que te tiene algo desconcertado desde el primer momento. La narración de los tres personajes principales juega contigo desde el principio para ir completando el puzzle que se desvela al final.

El único punto que no me ha acabado de convencer es la "casualidad" que hace que Alex dé con el doctor. Me parece demasiado "fantasiosa" para una historia tan cruda.

El hecho de conocer algo del argumento de la película de Alm
Oriana Nataly
Este es el libro en el que está inspirada La Piel Que Habito de Almodóvar. Le di 3 estrellas más por la historia que por el libro completo. Desde la película, la historia me cautivó, y aunque en el libro es muy distinta, mantiene la misma esencia y los diferentes caminos llevan al mismo final. Sin embargo, no fue un libro que me cautivó al leerlo. Lo terminé por compromiso, no porque me llamara la atención. No te atrapa. La forma en que escribe Thierry Jonquet es muy dispersa y fría, el lector d ...more
Two stars doesn't do justice to what I thought about this. It's an average (or should that be mean?). One star for writing (clumsy), plotting (ludicrous), characterisation (non-existent). Three stars for an element of suspense that I'll grudgingly allow to the book, and for moments of genuine queasiness and revulsion as my own imagination went to work on what the book offered. But I'm not sure I'd credit a Rorschach test with creativity. On the other hand, as raw material for an Almodovar film, ...more

Novela corta con un estilo ágil e inquietante que va atrapando poco a poco al lector. Esta intriga absorbente, su rapidez en leerlo, se lee en un suspiro, y la introducción de narradores internos, son las características más destacables de este relato de suspense. En contra tiene la inverosimilitud, tanto del odio y el plan retorcido del protagonista como la sumisión y la aceptación “total” (el entrecomillado lo entenderá perfectamente quien haya leído la obra)de la víctima; asimismo, ap
Tight noirish feel and brilliantly perverse plotline. Sexual power games don't get much darker than this. I can see why Almadovár made this into a film. Want to read more the Jonquet but have a horrible suspicion this is a one-off purely because of the crazy gothic heights it reaches.
Just finished this short story and I'm already re-reading it. Yes folks, it's that good. A twisted story about revenge, it reminds me of one of my favorite horror films, "Eyes without a Face." Looking forward to Pedro Almodovar's film adaptation coming later this year.
Procyon Lotor
Bivio o carrefour Se amate il kinky, le storie impossibili ma ben congegnate, una spruzzata d'istuard, un peu de sadisme et un frisson, voil il libro fa per voi. Perfetto per farci una miniserie TV o un film "de paura". In questo caso le stelline sarebbero quattro. Nel libro un personaggio dipinge l'altro come una vecchia drag queen impressionista sfatta e pu ben essere il simbolo collettivo di questi libelli suivre che potremmo in un certo qual modo definire sotto l'etichetta collettiva di "Pl ...more
Aug 28, 2011 wigwam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to wigwam by: Almodovar
Excellent! Like Paul Auster, Georges Bataille and O Henry playing a game of Exquisite Corpse, and it's gonna be Almodovar's best film!!!
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Thierry Jonquet was a French writer who specialised in crime novels with political themes. he was born in Paris; his most recent and best known novel outside of France was Mygale (2003), which was published in English translation as Tarantula in 2005 (Serpent's Tail). He wrote over 20 novels in French, including Le bal des débris, Moloch and Rouge c'est la vie.

Jonquet died aged 55 in hospital in P
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