Monday, August 31, 2015

Book Review: Camille by Pierre Lemaitre

Anne Forestier finds herself in the wrong place at the wrong time when she blunders into a raid on a jewellers on the Champs-Élysées. Shot three times, beaten almost beyond recognition, she is lucky to survive, but her ordeal has only just begun.
Lying helpless in her hospital bed, with her assailant still at large, Anne is in grave danger. Just one thing stands in her favour - a partner who will break all the rules to protect the woman he loves: Commandant Camille Verhœven.
For Verhœven it's a case of history repeating. He cannot lose Anne as he lost his wife Irène. But his serious breach of protocol - leading a case in which he is intimately involved - leaves him out on a limb, unable to confide in even his most trusted lieutenants. 
And this time he is facing an adversary whose greatest strength appears to be Verhœven's own matchless powers of intuition.

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. Camille can't stand another loss.

It is the second time that the destiny plays games with Camille. He lost Irene, but won't loose Anne. The moment she wakes up in a hospital, she remember hearing few Serbian words. Being a police inspector, he uses his connections to start his own investigation. With an outcome that he might not like it.

The whole plot of the story is in three days. In those three days, we follow Camille on his path to find the people who harmed his girlfriend, but we also get into his emotions for Irene and feel his pain. The whole journey is full of tiniest details of the robbery in the Galerie, seen from multiple points of view. Camille's emotions are described with so many details, and in many occasions we can see Anne 's point of view. Three days full of adrenaline rush and nail-biting moments.

What to say more and not to spoil the book? It's three days we're talking about. Very emotional book, very detailed stories, an ending that literary made my jaw dropped to the floor. A story full of twists and turn-overs, a real page-turner. It is far away from a classic detective story, very one of a kind. Gripping and unpredictable, all I have to say: excellent!

My opinion: 5 / 5.