Review: Blood Wedding by Pierre Lemaitre (author), Frank Wynne (translator)

Blood Wedding - Pierre Lemaitre

Published by: Maclehose Press (20th April 2017)


ISBN: 978-1848666009


Source: Real Readers


Rating: 5*



Sophie Duguet is losing her grip. Haunted by visions from her past, of her loving husband, who committed suicide after a car accident.

One morning she wakes to find Leo, the child in her care, strangled in his bed by Sophie's own shoelaces. She can remember nothing of the night before. Could she really have killed him? She flees in panic, but this only cements her guilt in the eyes of the law.

Not long afterwards it happens again - she wakes with blood on her hands, with no memory of the murder committed. Just what is it that comes over Sophie when she sleeps? And what else might she be capable of?


Wanted by the police, and desperate to change her identity, Sophie decides to find a man to marry. To have and to hold. For better or for worse. Till death do them part . . .



Blood Wedding is a tightly wound psychological thriller told in the third person and partly in first person in the form of diary entries, and consists of three distinct parts.


When we first meet Sophie in the first part of the story, she has had both her mother and her husband die, and she appears to be very emotionally traumatised by these deaths and other events. At first, I was unsure whether Sophie was, in fact, guilty of the heinous murder of the young child she is nanny to or whether something else entirely had occured.


The second part of the book introduces Frantz, a unknown character whose narrative spins Sophie's story on its head. When the shocking other explanation for the child's murder is first mentioned, I couldn't believe what I was reading. I think I sat there with my mouth hanging open in disbelief for several seconds! When a book truly shocks me and throws up surprises, I really start to enjoy it. Blood Wedding gets progressively darker from hereon in, and it's fascinating. A real roller coaster ride of events and emotions.


The last part of the book brings even more unforseen shocks and turns things yet again. It's hard to say anything without giving the game away, but suffice to say that it's a thrilling delight, a scary page turner that will have your heart beating fast. A masterful, delightfully dark tale.