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Three days and a life / Pierre Lemaitre ; translated from the French by Frank Wynne.

By: Lemaître, Pierre, 1951-.
Contributor(s): Wynne, Frank [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : MacLehose Press/Quercus, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 253 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780857056627; 085705662X; 9780857056634; 0857056638.Uniform titles: Trois jours et une vie. English Subject(s): Missing children -- Fiction | Murder -- Fiction | Boys -- Fiction | Guilt -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 843.92 Summary: Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone's business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour's dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour's six year old son are bound forever. In the years following Remi's disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again?
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Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone's business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour's dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour's six year old son are bound forever.

In the years following Rémi's disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again?

Translated from the French by Frank Wynne

Originally published in French: Editions Albin-Michel, 2016.

Antoine is twelve years old. His parents are divorced and he lives with his mother in Beauval, a small, backwater town surrounded by forests, where everyone knows everyone's business, and nothing much ever happens. But in the last days of 1999, a series of events unfolds, culminating in the shocking vanishing without trace of a young child. The adults of the town are at a loss to explain the disappearance, but for Antoine, it all begins with the violent death of his neighbour's dog. From that one brutal act, his fate and the fate of his neighbour's six year old son are bound forever. In the years following Remi's disappearance, Antoine wrestles with the role his actions played. As a seemingly inescapable net begins to tighten, breaking free from the suffocating environs of Beauval becomes a gnawing obsession. But how far does he have to run, and how long will it take before his past catches up with him again?

Translated from the French.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Lemaitre's searing novel of psychological suspense rests on a terrible tragedy: in 1999, in the French village of Beauval, an angry 12-year-old, Antoine Courtin, hits a little boy, Rémi Desmedt, with a tree branch, accidentally killing him. Terrified, Antoine hides Rémi's body and is wracked with guilt as the people of Beauval desperately hunt for the boy they believe was stolen by a stranger. Twelve years later, Antoine has settled in Paris, where he's a successful doctor working in humanitarian aid and engaged to be married, though he's still haunted by what he did to Rémi. On a reluctant visit back to Beauval, a sexual encounter with a childhood crush and news of local redevelopment threaten to destroy his carefully constructed life. From Antoine's inner torment, Lemaitre (Blood Wedding) devises an unusual page-turner, driven not by the cause-and-event of incident but the push-and-pull of guilt and memory, which spins toward a final revelation that leaves the reader with stark questions about punishment, culpability, and the psychic consequences of long-held secrets. (Nov.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Book Review

A chain of strange and sorrowful events is set in motion in the French town of Beauval when lonely 12-year-old Antoine Courtin angrily whacks his adoring 6-year-old neighbor, Rmi, in the head with a branchand, to his great shock, kills him.The incident takes place in the woods, where Antoine was fuming over the shooting and heartless disposal of Rem's dog by the boy's father after it was struck by a car. Gripped with the fear of being thrown in prison with vicious murderers, Antoine pushes Rem's corpse into a deep crevasse, runs home, and waits for the police to come and arrest him. That they only want to question him about the boy's disappearance leaves him no less panic-stricken. When twin cyclones hit the provincial town, ripping roofs off homesand threatening to expose Rem's bodythe natural world itself seems incited by the killing. Flash forward a dozen years, and Antoine, never nabbed for the crime, has settled into a "normal" life as a doctor who is engaged to be married. But the curse of Beauval strikes again after he sleeps with a local woman, the love object of his youth, and she demands that he marry her. A short, delirious novel, this latest effort by the author of Alex (2013) and Blood Wedding (2016) may remind some readers of the macabre scenarios of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. No one is writing quirkier thrillers than Lemaitre, who gets inside the head of his unhinged protagonist with wicked delight while capturing the madness of the modern world.French favorite Lemaitre's novel, about a preteen on whom fortune smiles in the most devious ways after he accidentally kills a little boy, is a feverish, wickedly entertaining work. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.