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Blood Wedding

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  9,981 ratings  ·  1,487 reviews
Normally happy and well-adjusted, Sophie Duguet doesn't understand what's happening to her: she has begun losing things, from her recently delivered mail to the car she parked the night before. She is constantly forgetting things she's said and done, too . . . only to be reminded of them by her acquaintances. She's even detained by the police for shoplifting--a crime she h ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by MacLehose Press (first published 2009)
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Nov 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a crazy, fascinating book this was! I should have realized, because this is Pierre Lemaitre, after all.

First, we have Sophie. She is batsh*t crazy. She loses things, misplaces things, is exhausted but can't sleep, loses blocks of time. Eventually her life is totally in the gutter and she's lost everything. This section of the book totally confused me. I didn't know what the heck was going on, but I persevered.

Second, we have Frantz. The further I read this section, the clearer things became
Apr 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is an extraordinary, dark and disturbing psychological thriller. It is a creepy and twisted story, focusing on the slowly disintegrating world of nanny, Sophie Duguet. She appears to be losing her mind, losing time, losing objects and behaving in inexplicable and bizarre ways. Arrested for shoplifting, she has no recollection of this. Oh, yes, and people are being murdered around her with the finger pointing to her as the perpetrator. In a blind panic, Sophie goes on the run in an attempt t ...more
“He who searches for evil, must first look at his own reflection.”


Pierre Lemaitre, an award winning French author, has penned a riveting and brain twisting psychological thriller, Blood Wedding that narrates the story of a mid aged recently widowed woman who faces memory lapses and so when, one morning, she finds the child, whom she babysits, murdered in his bed with a shoelace, from her very own shoes, tied around his neck, she cannot even once remember what happened the previou
2.75 stars

A nanny’s tragic discovery. A stalker’s very disturbing diary entries. This one story read like two separate books and felt disjointed until the halfway point.

The plot was interesting but I wasn’t fully invested in Sophie or Frantz, and never adjusted to the writing style. The descriptive murders held my interest but the lack of details in other major areas made this story feel very unrealistic, choppy, and strange.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c-w-mars, favorites
Whoa! This is an absolutely crazy psychological thriller. So well written. Be warned: this is a vicious tale. Lots & lots of nasty stuff being done. I had no idea what was going on in the beginning but Pierre Lemaitre ties it all together in the end. Needless to say I am incredibly impressed and will definitely seek out more of his work.
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ever since reading Irene, Alex and Camille I have loved Lemaitre's works so I was really excited when I saw this book on NetGalley. My thanks to all those involved for the copy.

Where do I start ..,..?!! I mean seriously.... this book is twisted, seriously twisted. We meet a young woman called Sophie. Currently working as a nanny she becomes more and more anxious as she feels that she is losing her mind. Things are happening to her and she doesn't know how. Constantly feeling tired, losing things
Janelle Janson
Thank you so much Quercus for providing my free copy of BLOOD WEDDING by Pierre Lemaitre - all opinions are my own.

Sophie Duguet is an au pair for a six-year-old boy, who she discovers dead while in her care. She is frantic and scattered as she flees from the scene. She has a history of blackouts and doesn’t remember bits and pieces of her life. She empties her bank account, changes her appearance and identity. And that’s just the beginning!

The book starts out from Sophie’s perspective and she
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Blood Wedding – A Wonderfully Twisted Thriller

Pierre Lemaitre’s Blood Wedding has been translated in to English and we have been served a wonderfully delicious twisted psychological thriller. This is yet another example of why Lemaitre is leading a new wave of thriller writing in France that has lifted the genre to a new level in France. This is a brilliantly twisted psychological thriller, told in the first person and is a pulsating read.

Sophie is a nanny who feels as if she is falling to piec
I really enjoyed this book and I will definitely be picking up other books by this author.
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget.

One morning, she wakes to find that the little boy in her care is dead. She has no memory of what happened. And whatever the truth, her side of the story is no match for the evidence piled against her.

Her only hiding place is in a new identity. A new life, with a man she has met online.

But Sophie is not the only one keeping secrets . . .

Once I got properly started with this book, there was no way
Tan Markovic
Oct 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Deeply dark and disturbing. One of those books that will stay with you for a good while.
Crime by the Book
THIS BOOK. I read it straight through on a long train ride, and I absolutely COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. Engrossing, written in a truly unique style, and full of some truly disturbing manipulations and deceptions. The story has a big twist halfway through that I was able to predict, but I was completely shocked and drawn into the way the author develops on that plot twist. Excellent, excellent read - a truly unique piece of crime fiction. Full review to come on CBTB! ...more
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having been blown away by Lemaitre’s Brigade Criminelle trilogy, Irene, Alex and Camille featuring diminutive detective Camille Verhoeven, we now have the compelling standalone Blood Wedding, which further serves to demonstrate the sheer brilliance of Monsieur Lemaitre.

Once again, Lemaitre has produced a book that proves troublesome to review in terms of potential plot spoilers. Reducing the story to a linear description, Blood Wedding focuses on a young woman, Sophie who finds herself implicate
Maureen DeLuca
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a SOLID 4 star read and I'm adding 1 full star for this book was a great psychologically manipulative book. My head is still spinning from reading it! I have to say some of the things that go on here are a bit far fetched - but strange , weird and far fetched is what Pierre Lemaitre writing is all about !

You will get to meet Sophie. She is - well flipping going crazy and is crazy. She loses time, things, dates and happens to wake up at times finding dead bodies around her and having no
***3.5 Stars*** An interesting story of obsession that requires a willing suspension of disbelief.
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We've all done it - lost the car keys and then found them again. Misplaced the notebook, torn the place apart, then found it weeks later exactly where we thought it should have been. We've had emails go missing, meetings reset, appointments changed. There have been times when most of us have contemplated the possibility that we're starting to go slightly mad. Which is exactly the reaction that Sophie has when weird things start happening to her. Although the fuzziness in her head, the strange lo ...more
Rachel (not currently receiving notifications) Hall

Blood Wedding can only be classed as a sheer tour de force, a novel so unsettling and dark that it sticks its claws in from the opening pages and keeps raising the stakes, ratcheting up the tension and toying with the readers emotions until the heart-stopping climax. Despite being so tantalisingly twisted and the undeniably macabre tone, Blood Wedding is a compulsive read that is impossible to draw your eyes away from until the closing words.

Told through a third person narrator, we first meet na
Mar 25, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not your typical "wedding" book.

Lauded as a "riveting and brain-twisting standalone psychological thriller" -- I was instantly enticed by this book's description.  Unfortunately, the gripping tale that was promised never came to fruition.

Although the book was fast-paced with two emotionally unstable and unreliable narrators (my favorite type!), the book's storyline was very unrealistic; featuring waaaay too many plot holes and implausible happenings.  When I finished the book, I was disappointed
Sep 04, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The writer has "a thing" for mentally ill people but he is totally ignorant of their behavior. So if someone is crazy, one is capable of everything including sophisticated planning of crimes, huge cruelty , manipulative manners, patience, luck of ethics , unbelievable determination and so on! The story is full of holes in the plot, and almost everything that could never happen in real life, or in a decent constructed thriller! Why the two stars? Because it was very readable and clever escalated ...more
Keith Currie
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
People close to Sophie die…and Sophie is left holding the knife. Is she mad? Is she bad? Is she guilty? In an attempt to escape arrest, she marries a man she has met through an internet dating service…but is Frantz all he seems?

Almost unbearably tense at times, this elegant and accomplished thriller really is a page turner, as well as an exploration of voyeurism, human manipulation and revenge. Excellent.
Emmy Hermina Nathasia
This book is crazy I tell you. Crazy! I wouldn't want to read it again crazy. I mean, yes it's Pierre Lemaitre, I should've expect it but still, I didn't expect how deeps**t crazy it is. ...more
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I remember reading another book from Pierre Lemaitre and really loving the plot. I also remember it was really dark and haunting, in a way that thrillers sometimes can be. I received this book as a birthday gift, and I've been curious to read it for a long time. The best part about this book was the plot. I think it was genially done and as you can see I rushed through. I read the book in 4 days!

Full review can be found at BiteIntoBooks

Dark, disturbing and thrilling, all in a good way. This boo
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood Wedding is the second novel by French author, Pierre Lemaitre, and the fifth to be translated into English. It was first published as Robe de Marié in 2009 and is flawlessly translated from French by Frank Wynne. Young widow, Sophie Duguet is working as a nanny in Paris when she wakes up to find her charge, six-year-old Léo Gervais, murdered. While she can’t remember doing it, she begins to believe she must have done, and flees before her terrible crime is discovered.

As Sophie goes into hi
Aaron Nash
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Man i have never felt such anger after finishing a book. The ordeals that Sophie endures throughout this novel are totally exhausting. You feel for her, you really do. This is a nasty, in your face, piece of fiction, with one of the most evil antagonists ive come across. Yes you have to suspend your belief slightly at times and yes it does get slightly repetitive during the middle, but Lamaitre wants you to feel for Sophie and my God by the end you do. Ive read two books now by him and gave both ...more
Mar 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misterio
H.A. Leuschel
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very dark psychological thriller with some tough scenes but an excellent twisty ending.
Tracy Fenton
May 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was so excited to see Pierre Lamaitre had written a standalone psychological thriller after the exceptional Verhoeven Trilogy and was delighted to receive an ARC from the publishers and Netgalley. I started the book and admit to being very confused at the beginning and after a third of the way through I actually gave up. However a few weeks later several members of THE Book Club on Facebook (TBC) started saying how brilliant it was and due to my severe case of FOMO I thought perhaps I should g ...more
Jul 18, 2017 added it
Well -- WOW! Starting out slowly, building with a relentlessness that keeps the reader glued to the pages, and finishing with a bang makes this a suspense thriller that I won't soon forget.

Sophie Duguet goes from zero to full on crazy over a matter of months. When she awakens to find that the boy she nannies is dead, she runs. Though she changes her appearance and secures a new identity, she can't seem to escape this particular madness. No matter what she does, or where she goes, she is losing h
Laura Peden
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, libby
An extremely well written psychological thriller! It’s dark & twisty. 4.5/5
Cleopatra  Pullen
We first meet Sophie Duguet when she is working as a nanny. She has problems with her memory which include lack of concentration and a complete absence of memory at times combined with problems sleeping she has to write things down to remember them. She loses things constantly and spends her free time blankly watching the television. One night when Madame Gervais, the mother of her charge returns home late, Sophie sleeps over and in the morning on going to wake Léo, she, finds him dead. Not a na ...more
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Pierre Lemaitre is a French novelist and screenwriter. He is internationally renowned for the crime novels featuring the fictional character Commandant Camille Verhœven.

His first novel that was translated into English, Alex, is a translation of the French book with the same title, it jointly won the CWA International Dagger for best translated crime novel of 2013.

In November 2013, he was awarded t

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