Pascal Garnier, prize-winning author of over 60 books [of which this was the fourth and last published in the US], was born in Paris in 1949 and passed away in 2010. Having just recently read “Moon in a Dead Eye,” the penultimate book by Pascal Garnier, I should have been prepared for this one, but must admit I was not. I described that book as “strange,” albeit in a good way; as to this one, if I had to use one word, it would be “weird.” But in a good way as well (I think).
One gets some inkling of what is in store on the very first page of the book, when the driver of a car, not identified until near the end of this short tale, is described thusly: “The right hand moved from the steering wheel, caressing the gear lever, as one might the head of a cat, or the handle of a gun.”
It is not a spoiler, as the back page of the book shares this information, to say that Fabien and Sylvie Delorme have a marriage that is no longer the vibrant, loving one it once was, and in the early pages of the book Sylvie dies in a fatal car crash; her “front seat passenger” was her lover, also killed in the crash. Fabien is moved to track down the lover’s widow, Martine, and begins stalking her. What follows ares examples of dysfunctional relationships of every description – marital, parental, etc.
To give just one example of the writing, this is the description of Martine, nearing her 32nd birthday: “She looked like an over-exposed photo, with so little presence that one wondered if she was capable of casting a shadow.” This book, as its predecessor, is a riveting glimpse into another odd world from this author, and is recommended....Continua