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Alex: Camille Verhoeven, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the CWA International Dagger

In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prevost – beautiful, resourceful, tough – may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope.

All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Verhoeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.

©2011 Éditions Albin Michel, Paris (P)2013 Quercus Publishing PLC

What the Critics Say

“Grippingly original . . . It enthralls at every stage of its unpredictability” (The Times)

“The book moves from read-as-fast-as-you-can horror to an intricately plotted race to a dark truth” (Guardian)

"Harsh, fierce crime writing with a Gauloise tinge. It would not be out of place filmedin black-and-white by the late, lamented Francois Truffaut" (Daily Mail)

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    ZAP22 India 13/11/2016
    ZAP22 India 13/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible Storytelling"
    What disappointed you about Alex?

    The novel disappoints on several counts. It lacks compassion, deriving a kind of ghoulish delight in dealing with difficult themes such as sadism, mutilation, disfigurement. It lacks an intelligent plot. The characters are sketched without care; they bumble on in a world that lacks a social contour, maiming and chopping at each other without having a compelling reason to do so. The scenes of violence would remind one of the equally vacuous so called French 'Cinema of the Body'. The author exerts minimum social and cultural accountability, is disparaging towards women and towards the values of a multi-cultural world. And, the writing is stilted, non-lyrical, predictable and prosaic.


    What was most disappointing about Pierre Lemaitre and Frank Wynne ’s story?

    Its a story that is meant to sell purely on its stomach-turning descriptions of blood, gore, sadism, mutilation, and violence against children. It has a banal plot. Its characters bland and boring. The writing is stilted, unimaginative, non-lyrical, pedantic.


    What didn’t you like about David Rintoul’s performance?

    He overacts. Creates a false sense of drama where there is none. Loud and noisy. The voice is so full of himself that you want to shut it down.


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No redeeming qualities. How come it got published?


    Any additional comments?

    Never trust the Guardian's recommendations

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Ole-Jørn Borum
    2/04/15
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    "Brutal and addictive"

    If you can stomach the violence, this is a wonderful twist on the crime genre. French noir, thumbs up from Norway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Alex
    Sandhurst, United Kingdom
    19/09/13
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    "Trying too hard to shock"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Early teenage horror fans.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Pierre Lemaitre and Frank Wynne again?

    No


    Which character – as performed by David Rintoul – was your favourite?

    All were caricatures. David Rintoul is a good actor and narrator, if maybe a little over effusive at times, but even he couldn't do anything with the joke characters in this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Head shaking disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading other reviews I was a bit wary of this book, but I decided to risk it if for no other than the title was my own name.Child abuse seems to be the current vogue in crime books. Despicable enough in itself, but the author seemed to throw in every 'yeuch' element he could to move the book closer to horror than crime fiction. The more he tried to shock the more pathetic the book became and the more apathetic I became to the plot and characters. Do police forces not have a minimum height requirement any more? A 4' 11'' cop with a famous artist mother? Really? An extreme fatso cop in designer duds that women find attractive for some reason (never explained)? A cop with so much money that four future generations will be able to live comfortably on his wealth, but is working as a cop? The quirks just kept on coming, and THEN we had the crimes. People tortured and killed in ways that would make The Abominable Dr. Phibes seem like a benevolent uncle? Trash.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    loughborough, United Kingdom
    28/08/13
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    "Ok, didn't really keep my interest."
    What disappointed you about Alex?

    Hard to say, it just wasn't really a "page turner" for me ... lost my interest after a bit.


    Has Alex put you off other books in this genre?

    No.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No. I don't think I'll listen to any others by this author.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Worse - apathy!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Barnstaple, United Kingdom
    8/08/13
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    "Harsh but compelling"

    I prefer listening to crime genre. This, however, left me feeling nauseous at times. I almost gave up after the first hour, then the first twist occurred. Later I wanted to give up once more, but the story twisted again.
    I have mixed feelings. Audible has not sold this story accurately. While a fascinating read/listen, it is gorily violent at times. Potential listeners should be forewarned. That said, it is a worthy story and well narrated.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Venetia
    St Cirgues la Loutre, France
    13/09/13
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    "Absolutely gripping"
    Would you listen to Alex again? Why?

    Yes without a doubt. The plot was beautifully crafted and the characters were very complete. Also the storyline was gripping from beginning to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favourite character. They were all crucial to the plot.


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is a brilliant narrator.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was pulling my fingernails out at the beginning.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like thrillers you MUST read this. Be prepared for the beginning, it's not for the feint-hearted. A bit gruesome but after that it is tamer!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous
    9/05/15
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    "Wonderful"

    The story twists and turns right all the way, and ends up as a totally different story than what is expected at the start.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cosima
    SOUTH CADBURY, United Kingdom
    19/03/15
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    "Addictive Stuff"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Alex to be better than the print version?

    I have to say probably as I have not read any. However the audio edition is excellent. The narration fits the tone and feel of the book.Having listened to the book I have no desire to read the book though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alex?

    There are quite a few, you'll just have to listen to it.There are some gory moments that made me wince. Plus some characters that were so sharply dissected with words that it made me wince too.


    What does David Rintoul bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He has a voice that is very easy on the ear but brings the story to life that keeps you listening. He is excellent and a natural storyteller.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Modern French Noir.


    Any additional comments?

    I have now bought the other two books in the series and they are shaping up to be just as good.Addictive stuff.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • richiesan
    20/11/14
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    "A pacy, original, well-written detective story"
    What made the experience of listening to Alex the most enjoyable?

    The twists and turns in the plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Alex?

    When I realised that the story was heading off in a new direction to the one I thought it was headed.


    Have you listened to any of David Rintoul’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but this was excellently performed.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I listen to these books to be entertained and to pass the time on long car journeys. I was thoroughly entertained.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    1/08/13
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    "Really Enjoyed It"
    If you could sum up Alex in three words, what would they be?

    Old-fashioned Police Chase.


    What other book might you compare Alex to, and why?

    Day of the Jackal - man hunt with the 'baddie' always one step ahead.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The interview scene nearing the end of the book.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Grimace in places.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    SWANSEAUnited Kingdom
    9/01/16
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    "Good police thriller"

    I'm afraid this just seemed to lack the sort of character and atmosphere that I find makes a really good thriller. Nonetheless a well plotted thriller, with twists and turns, but perhaps the twists are seen coming too soon?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    19/09/15
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    "Good narrator saves the book"
    Any additional comments?

    Pity he wasnt used for book 1 and 3. That narrator just killed the books for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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