Buenos Aires, 1987. When a beautiful young woman named Lisandra is found dead at the foot of a six-story building, her husband, a psychoanalyst, is immediately arrested for her murder. Convinced of Vittorio’s innocence, one of his patients, Eva Maria, is drawn into the investigation seemingly by chance. As she combs through secret recordings of Vittorio’s therapy sessions in search of the killer—could it be the powerful government figure? the jealous woman? the musician who’s lost his reason to live?—Eva Maria must confront her most painful memories, and some of the darkest moments in Argentinian history.
Length: 304 Pages
Publisher: Penguin Books
Release Date: 01/12/2016
About the Author
Hélène Grémillon was born in France in 1977. After obtaining degrees in literature and history, she worked as a journalist at the French newspaper Le Figaro before becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Paris with her partner, singer and songwriter Julien Clerc, and their child.
Alison Anderson is an American writer and translator based in Switzerland. Her translations include J. M. G. Le Clézio’s Onitsha, Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog, and Hélène Grémillon’s first novel, The Confidant.
There are many review websites out there that will only post reviews that they gave 4 or 5 stars. They have their reasons, but I feel that it is a disservice to the reader. If everyone only hears the positive, but never the negative, how does that help the reader (you) in deciding what to read?
I tell you this, because I have to be up front about this book. I gave it 1 star. That is a first. Before now, the lowest I had given a book is 3 stars, and even then, that was only once or twice.
I’m not sure if this is a situation of ‘lost in translation,’ (this novel was translated from French), or maybe the French have a different style than I am used to. For example, there was not a single chapter or section break through the whole book. Sometimes there wasn’t a period for over a page. The author popped in and out of heads, without so much of a warning. These are all technicalities, but ones that created a frustrating experience.
But the main reason why I am giving it 1 star, is that I just didn’t like it. I couldn’t wait for the book to be over, and was tempted to give up a time or two. It claims it is a psychological thriller, but I didn’t find anything thrilling about it. Almost the entire book takes place inside one woman’s head. Very little action occurs to push the story forward and we are left with a lot of musings, a little dialogue, and not much to keep it interesting.
The premise was very interesting, and I had high hopes for it. A psychotherapist is imprisoned for murder, and one of his patients is attempting to discover who the murderer is. Sounds awesome!
Unfortunately, it did not deliver, and I was left very disappointed.
But that is one person’s opinion, and there are many out there who have positive things to say about The Case of Lisandra P. Do your research and come to your own opinion.
Content (0 being none and 5 being A LOT)
Strong language littered throughout the book, most often used in a vulgar manner
References to the murder, but not much going on in this area
It seems every character in this book is preoccupied by sex, how they can get it, graphic at times. Also a situation of sexual abuse.
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