Book Review: Never Forget by Martin Michaud

I put down my name for a giveaway of Never Forget by Martin Michaud by the publisher and I was lucky to win a copy of the ARC. The novel has been translated from the original French and is a police procedural.

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Police Procedural

Blurb:

From the acclaimed “master of the Quebec thriller” comes an action-packed, breakneck mystery featuring Montreal police detectives Victor Lessard and Jacinthe Taillon, who race to track down a ruthless killer.

When an eccentric homeless man jumps to his death in Old Montreal, the police discover two wallets in his possession: those of a retired psychiatrist who was recently murdered in a bizarre ritual and a powerful corporate lawyer who has vanished. As police detective Victor Lessard and his partner, Jacinthe Taillon, work to solve the separate mysteries, a dark history begins to emerge.

While the pressure builds and the bodies accumulate, dark and disturbing secrets come to light about a pivotal moment in Quebec’s history. But will Lessard and Taillon crack the case in time to prevent the killer from striking again?

My thoughts:

I loved this novel – it was gritty and the writing suited the main character of the novel. Often I would stop to savour a sentence and just enjoy the author’s imagery – and this happened more than once during the story. The imagery is not what one would expect of this genre and it is this that made the novel even more enjoyable.

The main character, Victor Lessard, is a flawed man and he is shown to the reader in all his flaws. The descriptions of his life and actions are realistic and to the point. In this way, Lessard became a real person in my mind, a person that left an impression. He is the way I imagine a hardened cop to be – I could see him in my mind’s eye – and he has certainly become one of my favourite cop characters. Readers not only see him in a one dimensional environment: he is also seen to exist in a personal life – a life which the reader is welcomed into.

The novel is perfectly paced for a police procedural. It is not a psychological thriller which will have you biting your nails. Instead the search for the killer is methodical, frustrating at times, and with unexpected curve balls. The perfect pacing meant that I was engaged at all times. I was captivated by both the storyline and the characters.

The story and the writing made reading this book a treat. The other books in the series are currently being translated and I know I will want to read them as well. I may even try one in the original French!

I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This novel was the 5th novel in my book pledge for 2020)

A Bookish Canadian Readathon

Today is the start of the Bookish Canadian readathon on Instagram which runs until Sunday evening. I may not be able to complete all the books I have chosen for the readathon but I will try to put a serious dent in the stack.

To show Canadian pride, I have chosen three books written by Canadian authors: Joanna Goodman’s The Home for Unwanted Girls has been on my TBR pile for 2 years now; Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is apparently a classic that many Canadians have read; I received a signed copy of the novel by Ann Lambert, The Birds That Stay, at the OLA Super Conference earlier this year.

As always, I look forward to a weekend of immersing myself in the stories others have created.

What are you reading this weekend?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2019