Alex



✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ Alex By Pierre Lemaitre ⚣ – E17streets4all.co.uk Alex Pr vost kidnapped, savagely beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in a tiny wooden cage is running out of time Her abductor appears to want only to watch her die Will hunge Alex Pr vost kidnapped, savagely beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in a tiny wooden cage is running out of time Her abductor appears to want only to watch her die Will hunger, thirst, or the rats get her first Apart from a shaky eyewitness report of the abduction, Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven has nothing to go on no suspect, no leads, and no family or friends anxious to find a missing loved one The diminutive and brilliant detective knows from bitter experience the urgency of finding the missing woman as quickly as possible but first he must understand about her As he uncovers the details of the young woman s singular history, Camille is forced to acknowledge that the person he seeks is no ordinary victim She is beautiful, yes, but also extremely tough and resourceful Before long, saving Alex s life will be the least of Commandant Verhoeven s considerable challenges.Alex

Pierre Lemaitre is a French novelist and screenwriterAwards Prix du premier roman du Festival de Cognac pour Travail soign Prix Le Point du polar europ en pour Cadres Noirs Meilleur polar francophone au Salon de Montigny pour Robe de mari.

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  • Hardcover
  • 375 pages
  • Alex
  • Pierre Lemaitre
  • English
  • 14 March 2018
  • 1623650003

10 thoughts on “Alex

  1. says:

    Shocking.Gruesome.Complex.Compelling.I did not like the beginning because I am squeamish It was ugly Raw and very Frightening.I continued and was rewarded with the start of an ingenious puzzle A layered plot is so delicious and this was extremely satisfying and addictive.One starts with pitying the woman fearing for her twist pitying the men and fearing for them twist understanding the woman through those who knew her pitying her twist cheering for her.It is brilliant in the ef Shocking.Gruesome.Complex.Compelling.I did not like the beginning because I am squeamish It was ugly Raw and very Frightening.I continued and was rewarded with the start of an ingenious puzzle A layered plot is so delicious and this was extremely satisfying and addictive.One starts with pitying the woman fearing for her twist pitying the men and fearing for them twist understanding the woman through those who knew her pitying her twist cheering for her.It is brilliant in the effortless reveal of this complex and fascinating character And that s just Alex.The detectives are each fully developed and wonderfully flawed The rich nuances of their past and present relationships with each other and others provided so much texture.This is not a genre I gravitate to probably because a good mystery detective crime suspense novel takes over my life until I finish the story That s what ALEX did to me for 3 days.Bravo to the writer the translator for a tension filled unforgettable story.I was thinking about who would love this book Readers of Stieg Larsson with its tension, brutality, shocking events and turn of events.Readers of Gone Girl I loved the twist in Gone Girl Hated the characters by the end It was strange to me becuase I couldn t recommend the book as it was too ugly and I didn t enjoy it ALEX on the other hand has multiple twists, characters you go through many emotions with and then the ending is brilliant It is a rich experience with a full and extraordinary ending

  2. says:

    4.5 Stars Wow Dark, disturbing, tense, but utterly compelling Not for the faint hearted A crime thriller novel that is a gripping page turner full of shocks and surprises French Author, Pierre Lemaitre s second novel Alex really grabbed me from the very first page and I just couldn t put this one down It s translation from French by Frank Wyhnne is brilliantly doneAlex is running out of time.Kidnapped, beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in wooden cage. 4.5 Stars Wow Dark, disturbing, tense, but utterly compelling Not for the faint hearted A crime thriller novel that is a gripping page turner full of shocks and surprises French Author, Pierre Lemaitre s second novel Alex really grabbed me from the very first page and I just couldn t put this one down It s translation from French by Frank Wyhnne is brilliantly doneAlex is running out of time.Kidnapped, beaten, suspended from the ceiling of an abandoned warehouse in wooden cage Alex Prevost is in no position to bargain, her abductor s only desire is to watch her die Apart from a shaky police report, Commandant Camille verhoeven has nothing to go on, no suspect, no leads If he is to find Alex her is have to get inside her head.I was on the edge of my seat, I actually exclaimed out loud and pulled a lot of faces reading this one and that is what a good thriller is for me While it s disturbing and quite shocking it isn t too graphic or gory which suited me perfectly but if you are anyway squeamish then perhaps take a rain check on this one This is the second novel in the series, I hadn t read the first Ir ne and was a little worried going into this one that I was missing out as it was part of a series but thankfully it works perfectly as a stand alone novel I loved the characters in this novel, they were so well fleshed out and while I am generally not a fan of police procedural novels, this one really worked for me Unpredictable, Suspenseful and full of twists and turns , Just a rocking good read and a book that I will remember a year from now So glad I have a hard copy for my real life bookshelf

  3. says:

    This is the second book in a trilogy The first, Irene, I gave 4 stars this book gets 5 stars.You can probably tell from the title that this book is about Alex Alex was put into a horrific situation from whichoh, rats, I can t tell you that Then the story turns 180 when it turns out Alex isoops, I can t tell you that, either And finally, Alex Well, I give up You have to read the book There s nothing I can tell you, except this was an emotional roller coaster and I loved the ride This is the second book in a trilogy The first, Irene, I gave 4 stars this book gets 5 stars.You can probably tell from the title that this book is about Alex Alex was put into a horrific situation from whichoh, rats, I can t tell you that Then the story turns 180 when it turns out Alex isoops, I can t tell you that, either And finally, Alex Well, I give up You have to read the book There s nothing I can tell you, except this was an emotional roller coaster and I loved the ride There s no doubt in my mind why this book was the CWA International Dagger Award winner for Best Crime Novel 2013, and it was well deserved.Now to finish the trilogy with Camille

  4. says:

    I am ecstatic right now Damn near in shock I have just experienced the thrill of reading what I am going to hold as one of the best crime novels I have ever read In other words BEST CRIME NOVEL EVER EVER EVER OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOGMOMGOGMOGMAhem.But seriously, I cannot get over how terrific, how amazing, this novel really is Written in present tense DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW RARE THIS IS , in third person, the prose is sometimes bizarre and always slightly different to read It is I am ecstatic right now Damn near in shock I have just experienced the thrill of reading what I am going to hold as one of the best crime novels I have ever read In other words BEST CRIME NOVEL EVER EVER EVER OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOGMOMGOGMOGMAhem.But seriously, I cannot get over how terrific, how amazing, this novel really is Written in present tense DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY IDEA HOW RARE THIS IS , in third person, the prose is sometimes bizarre and always slightly different to read It is masterfully written, with excellent characters and dialogue that makes you understand, get to know and get a feel for the characters This is very, very rare, especially in crime fiction What s evenrare is doing it while the plot zips and zaps, moving along like a train at full speed sorry, for that terrible metaphor, as I read this on a train.And I haven t even gotten to the plotting Or the twists Aaaaagghhhh it is so great.We meet Alex, and she gets kidnapped Police Commandant Camille Verh ven is reluctantly put on the case, along with some of his old friends, and they start looking for this girl The only problem is, they have nothing to go on except for an eyewitness report Every second matters, time is of the essence and nothing is as it seems.This, my friends, is a crime novel It s like someone took Silence of the Lambs, Gone Girl and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and threw them in a blender, then sprinkled some Sherlock Holmes on top, along with a dash of kidnapping horror It has everything you could ever ask for in a crime novel shocking twists, gruesome descriptions of violent and gory acts, harrowing truths and a feeling of complete disbelief as you realize that you have no idea where this is going next I scratched my head so many times, going why is this happening now This doesn t make sense and then, fifty pages later, I went Oh shit How the hell didn t I see that coming That is, if I had managed to close my dropped jaw and stopped reading for a moment to think, instead of just reading on, desperate to find out what would happen next.If Gone Girl was last years phenomenon, then I ll be damned if Alex shouldn t be this years Crime thrillers this great are few and far in between Someone needs to get off their ass and translate Lemaitre s other novels or else I m learning french, just to keep reading And when Hollywood gets ahold of thisIt s going to be huge. Mark my words And read it now you won t be sorry you did

  5. says:

    If I may be so bold, I d like to begin at the end and say there s definitely a disturbance in the creative force thanks Amanda Or at least that was my first thought after completing this novel.If I didn t want to embrace books with a warm hug and proceed to shove them out into the world by talking about them, promoting them, and engaging in lively discussions with informed readers across the space and time continuum for the rest of my life without fail, I could very easily just write ALEX off If I may be so bold, I d like to begin at the end and say there s definitely a disturbance in the creative force thanks Amanda Or at least that was my first thought after completing this novel.If I didn t want to embrace books with a warm hug and proceed to shove them out into the world by talking about them, promoting them, and engaging in lively discussions with informed readers across the space and time continuum for the rest of my life without fail, I could very easily just write ALEX off and move on with my life, rubbing my palms together, and then ducking under an overpass while the train rocks the tracks above my head But that wouldn t be okay, and it certainly isn t a productive use of my time Maybe I m half sensitive, half crazy, prone to second guessing, and have enough of an ego that I feel like I need to somehow be a productive member of society and make some sort of contribution before I dissipate off this Earth faster than a fart in the New Mexican wind, so here we are, wonderful reader and I, dancing the tango over yet another book review Where I hope to impart a few thoughts, informed opinions, and constructive criticisms, and you can pretend that you actually give a flying fart.Here are a few of the issues Constant telling to the point that I wanted to rip my hair out Check.Inside Alex s head way too much, to the point that I could set up camp, read a newspaper, and smoke a cigarette while balancing a tumbler on my left knee Check.Shaggy dialogue Check.Exclamation point minefields Check.Not getting to the point Check.Am I making myself clear No.Piss poor similes and metaphors Check.Overstated, redundant, bloated prose Check.Stilted, stiff, wooden, overformal, mannered, and pretentious dialogue Check.Overemphasis on ellipses Check.Repetitious to the point that I thought I had developed CRS disease Check.Drama and heightened tension sucked out of the prose faster than a Hoover by mediocre writing Check.Excessive stammering to the point that I wanted to offer speech lessons Check.Mystery Possibly but it was a side car on this happy train.A supposed thriller minus most of the thrills Check.Plenty of clich s Check.Immediate and unexplained epiphanies Check.Brings words like pussyfooting to the foray Check.Penchant for passive voice Check.Almost seemed to switch POV in the middle of a few scenes Check.Editing comments that were both annoying and frustrating and over explained the difference between French and English Check This should be fixed upon the official release, otherwise readers are in for a real treat For the first two thirds or so of this tale, Alex Prevost just might have been my least favorite character of all time I m not sure I could have looked at her, or even been in the same room with her, and being in her head for so long proved rather torturous, corrupting me onthan one level view spoiler But once I did understand the motivations for her actions, she did grow on me however slightly, even though it was probably a bit too late in the game for me to come full circle in my way of thinking And the ending itself proved a bit farfetched even for this roller coaster induced tale hide spoiler If I didn t already have some sort of complex where I tend to question myself, ponder the meaning of life, and seek out both the good in people and books, I might be perfectly fine with writing two one star reviews in a row But I can t help but feel as though I have somehow failed the universe.Upon finishing ALEX, I don t really feel anger or frustration or fury or annoyance, I feel a lingering, profound sadness that hangs over me like the sun, a sense of defeat and loss and despair that clings to me like a wet t shirt, and then I don t really feel much of anything at all.I received this book for free through NetGalley.Cross posted at Robert s Reads

  6. says:

    Reviewed for The Reading Room Bookstr When I first received this book, I was not sure if I would enjoy it so I put it off time and time again I have read a few Crime Thrillers before and enjoyed them but they were not my thing So imagine my surprise when this book turned out to not only be my favourite for the year It s one of the most cleverly written books that I have read in a long time Written almost in a movie script style I am not sure if that is the intention of the author or whet Reviewed for The Reading Room Bookstr When I first received this book, I was not sure if I would enjoy it so I put it off time and time again I have read a few Crime Thrillers before and enjoyed them but they were not my thing So imagine my surprise when this book turned out to not only be my favourite for the year It s one of the most cleverly written books that I have read in a long time Written almost in a movie script style I am not sure if that is the intention of the author or whether it is the way the story is translated I like quirky books so I did not mind this style of storytelling at all The author tells us what the characters are thinking, how they are moving and how they interact with each other There are no hidden messages, it is a case of what you read is what you get The story itself is one of the most clever and well thought out plots that I have read in a long time At the start, the reader is drawn in and feels sorry for Alex and what is happening to her As things change and the plot slowly twists and turns to reveal itself, you start feeling like the victim doesn t deserve your sympathies Then as you go even deeper into the characters and the plot twists a little , you start to feel that you were right all along to feel pain for this woman The writing flows along never missing a beat it goes back and forth between Alex and the police officials that are trying to find her As I mentioned above, there are multiple twists and turns that will leave you wondering what will happen next A totally enjoyable read, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves Crime Thrillers and anyone else in between

  7. says:

    Every so often a crime thriller comes along that leaves you breathless and takes you on a disturbing journey into the darkest recesses of human experience Alex is one such book and you are guaranteed a tale of the unexpected from start to finish Don t expect any spoilers or dwelling on the plot from me, as I want you all to be as surprised by this twisty tale as I was, but all I will say is, you are in forthan one shock or two along the way Intriguing huh The book opens innocuously e Every so often a crime thriller comes along that leaves you breathless and takes you on a disturbing journey into the darkest recesses of human experience Alex is one such book and you are guaranteed a tale of the unexpected from start to finish Don t expect any spoilers or dwelling on the plot from me, as I want you all to be as surprised by this twisty tale as I was, but all I will say is, you are in forthan one shock or two along the way Intriguing huh The book opens innocuously enough with the kidnapping of a young woman, the eponymous Alex, but as the grim details of her incarceration unfold, and quite frankly, will probably haunt your dreams, she finds herself having to draw on every ounce of her own resource fulness to survive and seek her escape With the police seemingly at a loss to identify her and, toimportantly track her and her kidnapper down, what is it about this woman that eludes their detection and has forced a man to take such serious measures as to patiently stalk her, and then seek to watch her die in a pretty damn barbarous way Well, I m not telling, but suffice to say when the true nature of Alex s character and her ruthless sense of retribution are slowly revealed, you will be completely caught up in, and engaged with the expose of this remarkably determined and dangerous young woman a woman who admittedly makes Lisbeth Salander look like Mary Poppins But, and here s the clever bit, you will be wrongfooted at every turn in your emotional responses to her and this is where the genius of this dark tale lies Outside of the sterling characterisation of the truly hypnotic Alex herself, Lemaitre proves he is no slouch at creating other compelling characters, as an integral part of the whole Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven, who reluctantly discovers himself in charge of this initially mystifying case is a wonderful creation Struggling with his own mental torment following the relatively recent kidnapping and murder of his wife, Verhoeven, a diminutive man in stature, but with the investigatory tenacity of a small terrier, takes a firm hold on the case, challenging those who seek to interupt his path of detection with a steely determination and a nice line in putdowns As small as he is physically, his character looms large within the piece and his interplay with his colleagues Louis, intelligent and rich who drapes himself in designer clothing, and Armand, a scruffy individual who has taken cadging to a whole other level, is so plausible and engaging, that as the action pivots between Alex herself and the police investigation, there was to me a perfect mix of drama, poignancy and humour ingrained in Verhoeven and his close cohorts throughout There are also by turns, some truly hapless and repellent characters who all play a strong part in the novel, both in conjunction with Alex s actions, and in those who seek to undermine Verhoeven s grip on the case, despite the sense of urgency and professionalism he brings to the investigation Quite simply, Lemaitre provides a masterclass in characterisation throughout, and you will be appalled and delighted by his protagonists at every turn Last, but by no means least, I would like to offer a special mention, to the translator Frank Wynne, who has not only peppered the book with some lovely as we say in English turns of phrase sorry, this is a nod to a character you ll understand it when you read the book including narked , references to muppets and even a noggin , that injects the book with another level of humour, but has also produced a distinctly fluid translation that, to me, retains the nuances of Lemaitre s accomplished plot and characterisation, and elevates the enjoyment of this novel evenAn absolute gem of a crime novel that is wonderfully dark, scary, mad, bad and dangerous to know, but just far too good to miss

  8. says:

    This is an absolutely first class crime novel It is a real page turner, and I had great trouble putting it down before reaching the clever ending I rate it 4.5 sWithin the crime fiction genre, I prefer the police procedural and or forensic science formats That s because I love guessingWhodunnitSo I enjoy best those novels that drop little clues into the narrative doesn t matter if they are false clues or red herrings, because it is all about solving the mystery With its principal cri This is an absolutely first class crime novel It is a real page turner, and I had great trouble putting it down before reaching the clever ending I rate it 4.5 sWithin the crime fiction genre, I prefer the police procedural and or forensic science formats That s because I love guessingWhodunnitSo I enjoy best those novels that drop little clues into the narrative doesn t matter if they are false clues or red herrings, because it is all about solving the mystery With its principal crime solvers being detectives in the French brigade criminelle, there are enough hints sprinkled through the story of Alex to keep me riveted to the page.Leading the crime squad is the somewhat melancholic detective Commandant Camille Verhoeven, a widower whose professional and personal life have been marred by a past tragedy Verhoeven is reluctant to take on the case of a kidnapped woman, Alex, but is gradually drawn into the race to find and save her From there, a death ensues, and the scene is set by the author for a great murder mystery story.Verhoeven s investigations into the kidnapping disclose a connection to some unsolved cases and thus lead him to believe there is a serial killer at large, someone whose signature involves the mutilation of their victims with acid We, the readers, learn quite early in the book the identity of the killer, and we are given insights into their character, in particular their resourcefulness, determination and attention to detail in trapping and murdering several people We are not spared the bloody, gruesome details of the crimes So this novel is essentially aWhydunnitas we search for answers to the perpetrator s motivations for such violent and cruel actions.As the story progresses, the suspense deepens, with the detectives mystified and frustrated in their search for this vicious killer Lemaitre reveals his writing genius as he twists the tale a number of times, keeping us readers off balance The ending is very clever, and it left me both shocked and satisfied with the final outcome However, I sound a warning note this book is not for the squeamish or faint hearted The crimes are cruel, the details are gory, and the backstory is horrendous So why did I enjoy the book so much Because it is so well written the pace is electric, the characterisations feel authentic, and the plot lines touch on key social issues in our communities.I was fortunate to have read Ir ne first, the author s earlier book, which introduced the character of Commandant Verhoeven Although Alex works well as a stand alone novel, it is helpful to have read Verhoeven s backstory, as his personal history does have an impact on his attitude and behaviour

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    It s possible to kill in many ways, for many reasons, but all abductions are alike And one thing is certain kidnapping someone requires planning Obviously it s possible to do it on impulse, in a sudden fit of anger, but it s pretty rare and doomed to failure In most cases, the perpetrator organises, plans, meticulously prepares The stats are not good the first few hours are critical the chances of the victim being found alive soon plummet A hostage is a liability you want to get rid o It s possible to kill in many ways, for many reasons, but all abductions are alike And one thing is certain kidnapping someone requires planning Obviously it s possible to do it on impulse, in a sudden fit of anger, but it s pretty rare and doomed to failure In most cases, the perpetrator organises, plans, meticulously prepares The stats are not good the first few hours are critical the chances of the victim being found alive soon plummet A hostage is a liability you want to get rid of them quickly Camille Verh ven As a society we are no longer focused on criminals we focus on the victims Vidard Magistrate How many days before I die What will the pain of death be like How does a corpse rot suspended between earth and heaven For now, he s waiting for me to die those were his words watch you die Alex Pr vost A serial killer who commits suicide it s not as good as an arrest but it s worth it from the point of view of security, public safety, civil peace and all that shit The murderer is dead It s like a medieval town crier announcing the wolf is dead everyone knows it s not going to change the face of the world, but it affords relief, reinforces the impression that some higher power is watching over us And the higher power in this case is revelling in it Camille Verh ven Oh, the truth, the truth Who s to say what s true and what isn t As far as we re concerned what s important is not truth, it s justice Vidard

  10. says:

    This was an exceptionally good suspense novel It starts off as a horrendous kidnapping, with the victim suffering unimaginable torture for reasons that are not clear to us Then it becomes a murder mystery where the police are hunting a serial killer who kills her seemingly unrelated victims in a horrendous manner Not for the faint hearted but masterfully written and gripping right to the end.This is the second novel in the Verhoeven trilogy and it stands alone very well However it does revea This was an exceptionally good suspense novel It starts off as a horrendous kidnapping, with the victim suffering unimaginable torture for reasons that are not clear to us Then it becomes a murder mystery where the police are hunting a serial killer who kills her seemingly unrelated victims in a horrendous manner Not for the faint hearted but masterfully written and gripping right to the end.This is the second novel in the Verhoeven trilogy and it stands alone very well However it does reveal information from the first novel Ir ne so you may prefer to read them in order Commandant Camille Verhoeven lost his wife Irene in a kidnapping in the previous novel so is reluctant to take on this kidnapping case but he gradually becomes driven to find the unknown victim and find out the motive of the perpetrator.Although the author lets us know who has been doing the killings before Verhoeven works it out, we don t guess why until close to the end The murderer s final act is chillingly clever and unexpected A brilliant ending in fact

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