Page Count 102
Publication date 2011
Publisher MacLehose Press
Jean Garnier lives on the fringes – a lonely nobody who has lost everything dear to him. His girlfriend was killed in an unexplained accident, his mother has just been sent to prison – he has even lost his job after the sudden death of his boss.
In one last, desperate cry for help, Jean sets up seven lethal bombs, hidden all over Paris and timed so that one will explode every 24 hours.
After the first detonation, Jean gives himself up to the police. He has one simple demand: his mother must be released, or the daily explosions will continue.
Camille Verhoeven is faced with a race against time to uncover the secrets of this troubled young man and avert a massive human disaster
I first came across Pierre Lemaitre’s work when a blogger (I wish I could say who but I barely remember last week, let alone 2018!) recommended the first of the Camille trilogy, ‘Alex’. I was thrilled to discover Rosy & John on Netgalley recently, would have Camille returning for a new crime thriller.
In this, Jean Garnier has planted bombs across Paris in undisclosed locations, one for each day whilst be negotiates the release of his mother, Rosy.
Lemaitre’s work is translated from French almost perfectly, but I was glad to be reading an ebook with the option to instantly translate a few words even so. They didn’t detract from the story as they were easily understood in context, as are the various positions and status of the ranking officials in the novel.
Being familiar with Camille’s character and the french judicial system from Lemaitre’s previous works was a benefit heading into this novella but again isn’t a necessity for new readers.
I’d recommend this as an introduction to the character of Camille and definitely suggest you follow up with the original trilogy.
Told in third person Rosy & John starts with a literal BOOM and races to an abrupt but perfect ending making this a quick stand alone read at under 200 pages with a brilliant fast moving plot.
Perfect for a long commute or an afternoon thrill.