In this gripping, fiendishly plotted detective novel, Alex Prévost is kidnapped, savagely beaten, and suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned industrial building in a wooden cage—she is running out of time. Her abductor/torturer appears to desire only one thing: to watch her die. Will hunger, thirst, or the rats get her first?
One witness has filed a report with the police, but apart from this insubstantial bit of evidence Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has nothing to go on: no suspect, no other leads. To understand what has happened to Alex, the detective—a man with a tragic past but extraordinary abilities as an investigator—must first understand more about the girl whose life he is trying to save. As he slowly uncovers the story of the girl’s unusual childhood, he comes to realize she is no ordinary victim. She is beautiful, yes, but also extremely tough and resourceful—and unconventional in the extreme.
As the manhunt is drawing to its conclusion, the case shifts in the most shocking way. Before long, saving Alex’s life will be the least of Commandant Verhoeven’s considerable challenges.
Praise for this novel:
Upon winning the prestigious 2013 Crime Writers Association International Dagger Award, the judges praised Alex by saying, “An original and absorbing ability to leash incredulity in the name of the fictional contract between author and reader . . . A police procedural, a thriller against time, a race between hunted and hunter, and a whydunnit, written from multiple points of view that explore several apparently parallel stories which finally meet.
This book has just been translated from French into English. It was a huge hit/Best Seller in France/Europe. His writing is so good, it has made it over here to the US, and we are very lucky to have this police procedural of a thriller of a book!
Just a little warning - this book is "not" for the faint of heart from the very beginning! Yes, the description does says 'rats', so . . . but you can get through it, right? I did! It was non-stop action that had me clicking the button on my Kindle relentlessly.
Alex Prevost is kidnapped, and she is hung from the ceiling inside of a wooden crate just dangling there. What is the abductor going to do to her? He disappears. She doesn't know what is going on. She is left alone hanging there. Will she eventually fall? Can she escape? Will the rats get to her before she can get away from them? She tries and tries. She is on a rampage to save herself.
This book is really hard to write a review about because if I tell you anymore, about the story itself, I am going to give away all the great twists and turns that happen immediately, and I don't want to ruin it for you. It wouldn't even be spoilers, it's the story itself. It's not a story you can write to much about without ruining it for your enjoyment. There is one huge twist shortly after the beginning you would NEVER expect, and that is the best part! It just gets the rest of this book going!
I can tell you Commandment Camille Verboeven is just adorable as a character! Oh, this man knows his stuff, don't get me wrong there, but I loved this guy! He is a little, not even a 5 foot man, and at times he could not even see over counter tops and other things, and he takes some heat for it. I really felt for this guy. I really related to this character, and you will, too. He just sounded like a cute, adorable little man. I dare you not to fall in love with him! He has an assistant helping him with the case, and even he gives him some grief over his heighth. Poor guy.
This book has so many twists and turns, you'll be flipping the pages non-stop just like I did! I guarantee it!
The investigation is so revealing, as this book goes on we learn more and more about the 'why' Alex was abducted and what happens.
My only difficulty I had with this book was some of the translation. I got lost in a few places, however, the version of this book I read was the galley from NetGalley, so it was not the final version of this book, and since I do not own the final copy, I don't have it to compare with the galley. I was lost in a few places, and the author tries to explain in several places just what translation he is trying to get across. It is helpful, yet at times I still felt a little lost. That is the only difficulty I had with this book.
As for anymore about this book, this is one thriller of a book you MUST read if you love psychological thrillers/serial killers at their BEST!
I do hope to get to see more books written by this author. I will definitely read them!
This is one of those books you will not forget anytime soon!
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Alex: The Commandant Camille Verhoeven Trilogy (The Cmdt Camille Verhoeven Tri) by Pierre Lemaitre