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The Case of Lisandra P.

3.35  ·  Rating details ·  676 ratings  ·  121 reviews
The acclaimed author of The Confidant returns with a gripping psychological novel for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Silent Wife about a wife’s secrets, a husband accused of murder, and a marriage gone terribly wrong
Buenos Aires, 1987. When a beautiful young woman named Lisandra is found dead at the foot of a six-story building, her husband, a psychoanalyst, is i
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Penguin Books (first published 2013)
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Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Why oh why oh why is this book being compared to The girl on the train & The silent wife?!
Its nothing like it.

Its very good though within its own rights.

A young woman the wife of a psychoanalyst is found at the foot of a six story building and her husband is accused of the murder.

His carer as psychoanalyst is interesting as it deals with the mind. Its a kind of combination of psychotherapy to cognetic therapy which seems to embrace a lot of the mental health therapy units in one. It was brought
this book was written in 2013 but it wasn't translated into english until 2016, most likely to feed the demand for ever-more psych suspense/marriage thrillers in the wake of gone girl on the train fever.

but like anything that comes at the end of a massive wave, it's more made up of leftover flotsam and jetsam than something that's gonna bowl you over with its impressive force.

and it's a shame, because this book is very close to being very good, but it ultimately ends up taking on too much and g
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was an interesting book about a young woman found dead by her husband, Vittorio, outside of their 6-floor apartment window. Vittorio is arrested for her murder. Vittorio is a psychoanalyst and he convinces one of his patients, Eva Maria, to help him find the real murderer. Eva Maria was Vittorio’s patient due to the disappearance and murder of her daughter, Stella, which took place five years earlier.

At the beginning of the book, it states that the novel is based on a true story, yet after
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Apparently I have to disclose this for some reason.

I entered because I thought, "Hey, someone bothered to translate this. Maybe that means it's good." It is times like these when I need to remember that they probably also translated The Help.

The book is very readable as the cover claims; I'll give it that. But so much of it seemed like lazy writing that I found myself hoping that maybe it was just poor translation. I don't think that's the case. It was va
Stephanie (Reading is Better With Cupcakes)
I was pretty excited to learn that I had won a digital advanced reading copy of this book from the First to Read program. I was in the mood to read a psychological suspense novel. I wanted something that would keep me on my toes and guessing through the whole thing.

Well, it did keep me guessing through the whole thing...

This story is a "who done it" kind of story. Lisandra P. is dead. She was found four stories down from one of her apartment windows dead on the street. Thrown. The police automat
Ana Garza
Sep 06, 2017 rated it liked it
The story was interesting and I enjoyed it, however, this book was translated. If I were able to read this book in its native language, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more. The translation caused choppy sentences & a couple of weird translations. Being bilingual myself, I know not everything translates perfectly, but it did start to get to me a bit. ...more
Rachel Kulik
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club-ideas, 2017
I originally posted this view on my blog, Rachel Reading. For more reviews, find me there!

I came into this book expecting something like Gone Girl, and I got that, but I also got a little something else. My senior year of High School, our Spanish class was focused on border studies, and how the United States has interacted with Latin world in the past. Because this book took place in Argentina, in a time that is Post-Peron, it had a heavy impact on the characters, and it became less about what h
Alina Iacob
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
A somewhat disappointing finale after a very gripping story.
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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2.5 stars. An interesting book with many unexpected twists, but the end fell apart for me completely.
It’s not just loud noises that accompany disasters, little sounds do, too, and even silence.
An intriguing, multi-layered mystery with a fascinating historical context. I received this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. This title will be released on January 12, 2016.

Lisandra is found dead on the sidewalk outside the window of her sixth-floor apartment and her husband Vittorio is the main suspect. He is a psychoanalyst and one of his patients, Eva Maria, agrees t
Dec 29, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 - there were things I liked about this book including the varying styles of writing...yet it all seemed a bit disconnected. I'd say that it's pushed to 3 because it's been the first time in a while where I couldn't guess the ending. However there is a reason why, which I'm not sure I enjoy either haha. ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
This review was originally posted on [] mysteriousmatter The Case of Lisandra P. is hyped as perfect for lovers of The Girl on the Train which I am, so I was so excited when I began reading. Then the excitement went down, chapter by chapter. Now The Case of Lisandra P. is not a bad book, but it is no The Girl on the Train. I am actually getting tired of publishers hyping books as the next Gone Girl or whatever, because those books transcend their genres and are truly powerful. It sets the ...more
Johanna Carlton
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“The Case of Lisandra P.” written by Hélѐne Grémillon and translated from French by Alison Anderson. Based on a true story, this novel takes place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The plot of the book begins with the character Vittorio, a psychiatrist, has been wrongfully accused of his wife’s (Lisandra) murder. Vittorio uses his patient Eva Maria to help him prove his innocence. During the investigation, Eva Maria seems to associate Lisandra’s death with her missing daughter Stella. This inner turmo ...more
Erin Lee
I received a free digital galley copy through the First To Read Program in exchange for an honest review.

This book initially confused me and I found it difficult to follow. About halfway through I got into the swing of the author's writing style and quickly finished the book. The ending came out of left field for me, and I don't feel satisfied with the ending. However, It piqued my interest about disappeared person cases in Argentina's Dirty War that I had never heard about before now, and I wil
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Kayla Dickensen
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
A decent plot, the ending was alright but the writing style and narration were not my taste. I found it hard to get into the book or to feel attached to any of the characters. Might be a good choice for a book club if you can stand the writing, the story raises a lot of good discussion topics.
wow. just wow. crazy. very unique read. this could really be turned into a movie. an intense murder mystery that has you guessing until the last few pages.
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Vittorio, a psychoanalyst, marries a beautiful dancer, Lisandra. Lisandra is found dead from a fall out of their 6th story window. Vittorio is arrested for her murder. So far so good. But then one of Vittorio's patients decides to help him and begins investigating. From here, you journey through Eva Marie's life along with Lisandra and Vittorio's. Honestly, I forgot it was a suspenseful mystery. Instead it was an interesting read about the people in Buenos Aries Argentina after the junta. There ...more
Nov 29, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-read-2015
The Case of Lisandra P. is compelling and also confusing. While drawn to Eva Maria’s story (and I do believe, in some ways, it was hers), I felt pulled in so many ways and then left hanging. There were almost too many red herrings. I found the beginning to the novel (how Vittorio and Lisandra met) unsatisfactory and when I finished the novel, went back to see if I had missed something. Unlike other readers, I preferred the ending to the beginning. What it did show, quite convincingly, was how Th ...more
Christine Zibas
Set in Buenos Aires in 1987, this novel explores not only the social climate of the time, but a murder mystery of a psychoanalyst's wife. Is the psychoanalyst the murderer?

When one of his patients is convinced of his innocence, she goes about seeking evidence. What she finds are not only the stories of his patients (via tape recordings the psychoanalyst kept), but also additional insight into her own misery (prompted by the political disappearance of her daughter). The dead wife, too, has tales
Ruby Jusoh
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Case of Lisandra P. by Helene Gremillon. OMG, I am shooketh! This is soooo good! Like... I am genuinely surprised. I bought the book completely at random for RM 4! Finished it within a day! The story is a typical whodunnit but damn... the flow is so good and addictive.
Lisandra was a young wife whose body was found in front of the building where she lived. Someone seemed to have pushed her over the balcony. Her husband, a psychologist, sought the help of his patient, Eva Maria, to investiga
Jan 09, 2018 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that disguises itself as an Agatha Christie-like whodunnit, but isn't really that at all. Instead, the form of the murder mystery seems to be nothing more than a literary tactic, a vehicle and platform through which Grémillon can experiment with her themes and writing styles.

I quite enjoyed Grémillon's exploration of the themes of justice and victimhood, and there is certainly a creativity to her writing that makes the book readable. But the book falls flat in other as
Angie Fehl
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
This translated edition is done by Alison Anderson (translator of Muriel Barbary's The Elegance of the Hedgehog) and is apparently based on a true story.

I have to agree with some of the other reviewers that mentioned something maybe being lost in translation here. The plot sounded solid, and the opening chapters felt promising, but the further in I got the more plodding it started to feel. I can appreciate a simple, direct style of writing, but the English translation here struck me as a little
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the epitome of psychological thriller! Here's another book about life in Argentina after the Dirty War.

It is said that Argentina has the largest number of pyschoanalysts per capita in the world (don't quote me but I just did a quick Google search) and after the collective trauma of a dictatorship and torture and killing and disappearing of civilians, it's easy to see why.

Lisandra is the victim, but so is Ana Maria, a patient of Lisandra's husband, Vittorio. Ana Maria goes on a search to
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
The complaints about this book seem to be that it is not a suspenseful thriller, as dubbed. Why must publishers try to tell the reader that if you like this book or author..... This book is unusual, both in story and presentation. It kept my interest and kept me guessing. I would call it more of a character study than suspense, though. I waver between a 4 and a 5, because it is unusual and I did appreciate the ending.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
This was an interesting book that pretty much lost it in the last 40 pages. It seemed like the author needed something dramatic and unexpected to wrap up the story, but it just came across as amateurish and exploitative. If you’re looking for a meditation on the various ways in which women are degraded, humiliated, and preyed upon in society from childhood through old age, this will definitely be your jam.
Hasyani Karima
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I was confused to give this book a 3 or 4 stars rating, because I actually prefer giving it a 3,5 instead. Quite a good read, maybe a little bit confusing because the dialogues could've been organized better. But still interesting because they used a bit of psychological elements and interesting style to write the plot. And well, it has quite a confusing plot twist in the end, too. But not bad. ...more
Cecilia Kopecki
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Justlesa Hall
Jul 31, 2018 rated it it was ok
So underwhelming. The beginning drew me in, a psychoanalyst is accused of murdering his young wife and enlists the help of one of his patients to clear his name. I was gasping through all the twists and odd turns until the ending just left me confused.
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love mystery books & this one took an emotional toll on me. It went into specific details & helped me to picture the story as I read on. At one point, I was so close to breaking down while reading it on the train. It’s an excellent read for those who appreciate a crime story.
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Hélène Grémillon was born in 1977. She has degrees in literature and history and was a broadcast and press journalist before becoming a full-time writer. The Confidant is her first novel. She lives in Paris with her partner, singer and songwriter Julien Clerc, and their child. She is working on her next novel.

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