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(Camille Verhœven #4)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  2,858 ratings  ·  374 reviews
La troisième enquête du commissaire Verhoeven touche au plus secret de sa vie privée : témoin du hold-up d'une joaillerie des Champs Élysées, Anne Forestier, sa maîtresse, échappe par miracle à la fureur meurtrière du braqueur. De ce truand virtuose, assez rapidement identifié, Verhoeven connaît les habitudes et le mode opératoire. De la victime à demi morte, il ignore bea ...more
Paperback, 362 pages
Published October 3rd 2012 by Albin Michel
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Jim Fonseca
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-authors
Paris police commandant Camille Verhoeven’s wife was brutally murdered in the first book of this trilogy. While the plots in the three books are connected, this one is a stand-alone police detective story that you can enjoy without reading the first two books. It’s a pretty good detective story. All detectives have quirks; Camille’s is that he is less than five feet tall. After years of dealing with his grief in isolation, Camille finally opens up and has a steady female friend. Then she is brut ...more
After Irene and Alex comes the final book in the trilogy, Camille.

The first two being really thrilling reads, I was looking forward to reading the final instalment. This one for me, however, was not up to the mark of the previous two. The story is a continuation of the previous book where the commandant has moved further on in his life and has met someone new. Things seem to be going fine until one awful day where his girlfriend is badly beaten and practically left for dead. What follows is a so
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Camille is the final book in a trilogy and completes my binge read. I'm very happy with this series.

The beginning of this book felt like I was watching the events unfold in slow motion. I don't recall an author ever making me feel that way before. Some parts of this book had the antagonist speaking in first person, although that person is not identified until near the end. I had no suspicion who it was until it was revealed. I liked Commandant Verhœven and was happy to see some of the aftermath
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Time for a break from Historical fiction as I’ve certainly been neglecting my other genres.

Straight into the action where a robbery of a jewellers takes place, one of it’s victims being close to Camille’s heart, Camille being the diminutive detective & hero of the story. We’ve fast forwarded 2 years since Alex, the last chapter; much has changed in Camille’s life which we are acquainted with tout-de-suite in the opening dialogue. The sections take the form of days with time stamps for each
Terri Wino
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2017
3-1/2 stars rounded up to 4.

I read what I thought was the first book of this series when it was translated and released in the USA, not realizing at the time that the book Alex was actually the SECOND book in the series. I thought that book was one of the best suspense novels I've ever read.

When Irene - the first book of the series - was finally published in the USA, I did enjoy it, but because I already knew some of the outcome of it because of having already read the second book, it fell a lit
Marie the Librarian
Well that twist happened out of nowhere. This series has been such a mindfuck and im always baffled. Plus lets not look away from the fact that he writes very graphic and bloody. This book felt a bit rushed somehow. I was just missing something. I guess I missed Camille's interactions with his coworkers cause he was SO ALONE in this one.
But yeah, a very thrilling thriller with surprising elements and twists. Perfect for those who like gory crime.
E. H. Nathasia
Dec 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The ending is poignant. I feel for Camille. The book is ironically a realistic end on the life of Camille in the three book series.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Camille" ("Sacrifices" in France) is the third in a series of interconnected novels that center on Camille Vanderhoeven, a Parisian police commandant. Taken individually, the books ("Irene," "Alex," and "Camille") are intricately plotted, wonderfully well written, and never less than interesting. Taken together, and they should be, the books amount to an extended examination of loss, recovery, and revenge. The series is a five-star series. The series is so interwoven that a spoiler alert would ...more
Marina Sofia
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, my, oh, my! Lemaitre is such a consummate storyteller. I got up at night and did not go back to sleep until I finished this. Tricky, twisty, suspenseful, heart-breaking, infuriating... I could go on. Perhaps just ever so slightly unsatisfactory ending, but fits in well with the rest of the trilogy.
I greatly enjoyed the two earlier instalments of the Verhoeven series. Camille Verhoeven is a terrific character, hugely talented, highly motivated, deeply flawed. So I was keen to dive into the third book in the series.

For some reason the style of this book's narrative didn't grab me. The PoV alternates very rapidly between Camille's third person story and the villain's first person account. Initially I found it disconcerting, but soon got used to the sudden jumps from one to another.

I di
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
Things haven't changed for me much from the first book to this one. Not a fan of the writing. It's too short and choppy for my liking. It works sometimes, yes, but all the time? Not for me. I don't like Camille. Sorry, I just don't. I feel disconnected from him the whole time and I find the other characters more interesting. He would have made a great side character, in my opinion.

Again, it took ages for this book to speed up. Literally, it wasn't until 70% where this book really picked up and s
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since the title characters in the first two books of the Verhoeven triology ended up dead, it was with some trepidation that I began this book. There was no way I would NOT read it, but a delightful sense of dread followed me through. No spoilers here. Read it for yourself.

This time the diminutive police Commandant Camille Verhoeven (4'11" if that) finds that the woman he is currently involved with (the first since the violent death of his wife and unborn child three years ago) has become the in
Tracy Quarrell
Jun 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Sacrifices or Camille, in the English translation completed this excellent trilogy which begins with Irene and followed with Alex. Camille ties up the loose ends nicely and is a thrilling read in its own right. The first two are more exciting but this is the necessity of the final book which has a particular job in sorting all the threads of the story. Highly recommended trilogy. Intelligent and thrillling.
Gem Ward
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Review coming soon.
Mike Sumner
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In September 2013 I read the book “Alex” by Pierre Lemaitre without realising this was the second installment of the Commandant Camille Verhoeven trilogy. “Camille” is the third and final part. I missed the first: “Irène” but this has not spoilt the enjoyment of reading this brilliant crime thriller.

Commandant Camille Verhoeven of the Brigade Criminelle has to deal with the most brutal crimes against women. “Camille” includes carefully calibrated scenes of horrific violence. But the crimes we wi
Mackie Welch
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Camille! I'm sorry to see this trilogy end, because Camille is someone I will genuinely miss reading about. That being said, what a way to go! Lemaitre gives us lots of twists and turns in the final installment, and I definitely didn't it have it figured out until the very end (much like the book's predecessors).

I can't say much more to avoid spoilers. One word of caution: do NOT read this series out of order unless you really really don't mind spoilers. (But really, don't read it out of order,
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome trilogy! I'm just sorry that it is over and there are no more books left to savor.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A decent story but I thought not as thought-provoking or as strong as the other two books in the series. Seemed a little shallow and contrived at times, relying on elements drawn from previous books but still enjoyable. If thinking of reading the trilogy then I would recommend starting with ‘Alex’ which I thought was the best of the 3. Camille - 3.5 stars.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Alex and Irene, comes the story for Camille himself. All of the stories are about him, about the people around him, but this one particularly. After the loss of Irene, he desperately tries to build himself a new life. He almost died with her and he is far from fine, but life goes on. He even starts a new relationship with Anne. But the destiny has other plans. Anne goes to the shopping center Galerie Monier and stumps on a robbery. The thieves beat her so badly that she is almost dead. Cam ...more
Robert Intriago
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-noir, 2015
I got this book as an advance readers copy from Hachette. This is the final installment of the Verhoeven trilogy. This version of the series is not as violent as either one of the first two books. In my opinion this is better than “Irene” and on par with “Alex”. The plot is meticulous as it grinds down to a satisfying conclusion. The only sad part is that this is the last one of a series that I have enjoyed quite a lot. I liked the self-deprecating sense of humor that Verthoeven had about his he ...more
Pushkar Kulkarni
First of all Lamaitre is one of those rare writers whose no two novels are the same. Irene was a great murder mystery surrounding a serial killer, Alex was an exceptional crime horror and now Camille, a psychological cat and mouse chase where who is playing who matters more than who done the did. Camille doesn't pack a punch with it but it surely has those moments where you find yourself turning the pages swiftly. With narrative changing from third person to first person, it also gives a feel of ...more
Oct 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-kindle, crime
This is the final part of the Commandant Camille Verhoeven trilogy and like the first two it was a really enjoyable read. Perhaps not quite as good as the first two but that is not much of a criticism given the quality on show here. In this novel, Camille's new lover Anne stumbles into a brutal robbery and is battered to within an inch of her life. Despite his clear conflict of interest Camille relentlessly pursues her attackers whilst trying to keep his relationship with Anne a secret from even ...more
Justin Lahey
Jan 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm giving Sacrifices a resounding 5 stars for two reasons: it's an excellent suspense thriller, and anyone who can write such a solid follow-up to the international thriller Alex deserves full kudos! And it's a smashing conclusion to the Verhoeven trilogy, which I started with the middle book Alex. Now I must absolutely get my hands on the first book of the series, Travail soigné. Even though certain backstory elements have clearly carried througout the series and have come to a conclusion, I a ...more
Mike Patrick
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author is a master of thinking the story is going one direction when it really is taking you down a totally different path you never saw coming. I read "Alex" and enjoyed this work as well. The seedy characters he creates scare and delight me at the same time. Quite a writer and can't wait to read "Irene"!

What interests me the most is the setting he conjures with disgusting drug dens and luxurious shopping centers all located in Paris. I can vividly imagine what life is like in the criminal
Barry Smirnoff
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story is told in such a way that you are trying to figure out what is going on and why this poor man is being humiliated again and again. Hang in, the story is resolved in a most fascinating way. Will Verhoeven return?
Jakob Schaarup
Aug 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Almost as good as the others

Picked up in the second half, but had problems holding my interest in the first. Never the less a pleasure as with the two previous books
Kasa Cotugno
Very satisfying finale to the trilogy.
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
4 1/2 stars
Called Camille in Aus
Jan Stone
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Murder. Revenge. Conspiracy. Paris. Exactly what I like the best.
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Pierre Lemaitre is a French novelist and screenwriter.

Awards: Prix du premier roman du Festival de Cognac 2006 pour Travail soigné - Prix Le Point du polar européen pour Cadres Noirs - Meilleur polar francophone 2009 au Salon de Montigny pour Robe de marié.

Other books in the series

Camille Verhœven (4 books)
  • Irène (Verhœven, #1)
  • Alex (Verhœven, #2)
  • Rosy & John (Verhœven #3)
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