Sunday, 28 February 2016

Book Review - The 7th Woman by Frederique Molay

Title - The 7th Woman (Paris Homicide) 

Author - Frederique Molay

Publisher - Le French Book 

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Edge-of-your-seat suspense in the first Paris Homicide mystery.

There's no rest for Paris's top criminal investigation division, La Crim'. Who is preying on women in the French capital? How can he kill again and again without leaving any clues? A serial killer is taking pleasure in a macabre ritual that leaves the police on tenterhooks. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky—a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story—races against the clock to solve the murders as they get closer and closer to his inner circle. Will he resist the pressure? The story goes behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner's office, with the suspense ofSeven, with CSI-like details.


  • 2007 Prix du Quai des Orfèvres, a prestigious French crime fiction award, the “Goncourt of crime fiction”
  • Named Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year
  • International bestseller: 150,000 copies sold

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My Review 

For this novel we have Anne Trager the translator to thank in a way. The book was set in Paris and originally written in French. Anne woke up one morning and decided that there were way too many good books written in French that needed to reach a broader audience. She therefore set up her own company with the motto "If we love it, we translate it".

This book has won several awards. If you love police procedurals then this book is for you. 

It is well written and fast paced. I struggle to put it down and could easily have read it in one sitting. There are so many twists and turns and you are constantly left guessing. It is violent and gruesome but not in a way that would turn you away from reading it.

Nico Sirsky is the Head of the Paris Criminal Investigation Division. I warmed to him immediately; a strong character; good work ethics and a great investigator. There are a lot of strong characters in this book. If you have been to Paris before, which I have several times, you will be able to picture a lot of the settings in the book too. The book was well translated and nothing seems to have been lost in translation.
It is a nail biting thriller that will leave you guessing as to who the serial killer is until almost at the very end. I kept changing my mind on who I thought it would be. I look forward to reading more by this author. This is just book one in the series.

Thank you to NetGalley for a review copy of the book.