Horror Reviews · July 2014 Book Reviews · Series/Trilogies

Book Review: Alex

Author: Pierre Lemaitre (Translated by Frank Wynne)
Pages: 375
Published: September 3, 2013 (First Published 2011)
Genre: Adult, Suspense, Crime Thriller, Horror
Rating: 4.5/5

This book was royally screwed up and wonderful!

Alex appears to be an ordinary 30 year old. Then one day while on her way home from work she realizes she is being followed. Thinking that maybe running into the same guy three times in one month is just a coincidence, Alex doesn’t take any extra precautions when walking home at night on an abandoned street. 

After being kidnapped and beaten by her attacker, Alex is forced to strip and is placed inside a torture box that is suspended from the ceiling. The box was deliberately made too small for her to lay flat or sit comfortably. She is fed dog food and given water, but other than one short phrase her attacker has not revealed why he is doing this to her. When she asked him why he was doing this, he responded that he wanted to watch her die. 

This book was first written in French and is book two of the Verhoeven Trilogy; however, this was the only book to be translated to English. Detective Verhoeven is assigned the task of uncovering who the kidnapper is as well as who it is that he kidnapped since no one has reported a woman missing. 

There are so many twists and turns throughout this story that it will keep you guessing right up until the very end. An amazing crime thriller that I really enjoyed. ***Lot’s of adult content***


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