- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: MacLehose Press (20 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848666004
- ISBN-13: 978-1848666009
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A really excellent suspense novelist (Stephen King.)
After the award-winning Brigade Criminelle trilogy of Irene, Alex and Camille, the French author returns with a deliciously dark tale of obsession, betrayal and revenge. (Daily Express 2016-08-19)
A scorching, serpentine novel . . . Lemaitre's skill with suspense shines from every page, supported at every turn by an elegantly constructed plot complete with elements of noir that would make even James Ellroy proud. (Geoffrey Wansell Daily Mail. 2016-07-29)
Absorbing and disturbing . . . the Psycho-based denouement is extraordinary. (Marcel Berlins The Times. 2016-07-02)
BLOOD WEDDING is agonisingly suspenseful . . . it twists and turns with grace and verve to reach a blistering conclusion (Declan Hughes Irish Times 2016-10-29)
Lemaitre is worthy of all the fuss (Independent.)
A gripping standalone psychological thriller about marriage, manipulation and murder by the internationally bestselling author of AlexSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
From the very first pages Lemaitre had the hairs on my neck standing up and I raced through this novel. I was taken on a journey of murder, revenge, obsession, mental illness and battle of psychological wits.
I am not usually a lover of very dark plots, and this one certainly is, but Blood Wedding is so well written and balanced I didn't feel it was ever superfluous in its death count or details. It is just so very clever... and chilling.
Lemaitre has created amazing depth in the two main characters, Sophie and Frantz. Both damaged and devious it is difficult to either like or hate them because they are so well presented to the reader. Written in three parts; Sophie, Frantz and then a combination of the two, the book is well structured and what could be a very complicated plot is deconstructed very clearly. The pacing of the plot is excellent, with key and significant discoveries made often enough to keep you satisfied, but never so much that it spoils the mystery.
I think what makes this novel work well, because at times some of the bigger events could be seen as a little far-fetched, is that for the most part the things that happen are so very believable, subtle and real. Sophie calls herself 'mad' but as you start to unravel why she started to think this, it is quite un-nerving - I mean who hasn't mislaid a birthday card or present, or sworn you put something in one place for it to turn up in another...
This book is nothing short of brutally brilliant and the ending of this book, for me, was satisfactory. However, it did pull at my moral conscience somewhat after I put it down.Read more ›
As Sophie sets out on the run she has to keep all her wiles about her as she needs to evade the police manhunt. And with more deaths mounting up she is definitely a wanted person. We are then taken to a journal kept by Frantz. This gives us a much deeper understanding of what has been happening as we learn about the mental depravity of some. After that we read of what happens when these two people come together.
Taking in revenge, obsession, murder, mental illness and manipulation this does make for quite a good read, however at times you do wonder how likely this would be to happen. Nasty things do go on all the time, especially if you or someone you know has had any experience of being stalked, but this tale does rely quite a bit on plain luck, and so you do have to suspend your belief at times.
If you are looking for a psychologically dark read that does have a few twists and turns then you will probably quite enjoy this, but it does in places rely that little bit too much on blind chance, and so it isn’t as good as it could have been. With a more normal narrative, some press cuttings, journals and email and instant messaging, plus some files this does give you a mixed narrative flow that does work well for this type of story.
Multi layered and at times scary, the storyline flits between Sophie and Frantz and the outcome is an 'eye-opener' of giant proportions. A must read for thriller fans.
FINALLY A BOOK THAT CLAIMS TO BE LIKE GONE GIRL OR Girl On The Train and actually lives up to the hype!
Sophie is becoming concerned. When she first began becoming forgetful, she was worried but brushed it off; everyone confuses an appointment or forgets where they have stored something. But as time progressed, Sophie sank deeper and deeper into bouts of complete confusion and then, eventually, blackouts. Sophie tries to go about her life the best she can but is suddenly forced to go on the run when her six-year-old charge is brutally murdered while in her care. Now Sophie must learn to survive, to survive she needs a new identity, and to gain a new identity she will need to trust other. But how can she trust others when she doesn’t even trust herself….
Blood Wedding, by Pierre LaMaitre, is, hands down, one of the most insane pieces of crime fiction I have ever read. This story has everything that I love in a novel. It mixes domestic and psychological thriller elements, we have an extremely unreliable narrator (think Gone Girl or Girl on the Train) and a plot twist so unexpected that the entire view of the novel changes.
Sophie narrates the story through her first person point of view. She is scared and confused as she experiences blackouts, memory loss, and huge blank spaces. She doesn’t remember having to go places, she misplaces her car and she becomes involved with the police after a shoplifting incident she has no memory of. She is working through it the best way she can until a six-year-old boy in her care is murdered. What is she supposed to do? Fearing what will happen, and her fearing her own sanity, she goes on the run and tries to develop a new life for herself.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Review Blood Wedding is an outstanding phycological thriller. I knew I was in for a treat as I absolutely loved the author's Verhoeven Trilogy and desperately wanted to read his... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lovebooks
Part of brilliant trilogy. All three books are very exciting reads kind you don't want to put down ..Published 1 month ago by moira doherty M Doherty
I've been a big fan of Pierre Lemaitre since I picked up a copy of 'Alex' last year. He has a knack for creating some of the most disturbing antagonists, and beautifully paced... Read morePublished 3 months ago by RMSJNR
Lemaitre's stories seem to be different from the usual thrillers I read. I just love his books. They always create some kind of emotion in me whether it is shock, disbelief,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by T. Wilson
When a child is her care is murdered, Sophie goes on the run. The book is told in the third person via journals and leaps straight into the action and the darkness that is Sophie's... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Shell
I really enjoyed the trilogy by Pierre L Maitre, but this one I'm not completely sure about. Maybe when I finish it I might have a different point of view.Published 4 months ago by monty
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... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. Bannister
This is a scary, dark ,disturbing book. Full of twists and turns, full of suspense, full of thrills. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Teresa at RockspringsCrafts
Sophie is haunted by the things she can't remember - and visions from the past she will never forget. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David Hardy