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Don’t Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier

Don't Turn Out the LightsDon’t Turn Out the Lights by Bernard Minier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

4.5/5 stars.

What an amazing journey through madness, murder and opera, of all things.

This book is a mystery/thriller set in France, which grips you from the prologue and doesn’t let up until the epilogue. It’s the type of book that makes you look forward to picking it up again.

It’s the third in a series, but can definitely be read as a standalone, which is how I read it.

There are two main storylines: A depressed, on-leave cop starts receiving strange packages which lead him to the suicide of a young artist. There’s no doubt she killed herself – but when he begins to question why, it turns out she may have been pushed toward the decision. Meanwhile, Christine is a young radio personality who finds a mysterious note in her mailbox, which she assumes was meant for someone else. But this find seems to set off a cataclysmic chain of events which may just drive her to the brink.

This book was truly, awfully scary. It will give you goosebumps.

I did not put together all the pieces before the reveal; This is the kind of novel that makes you question everything and everyone, keeping you on your toes. There’s so many moving parts – but not overwhelming – that when you finally see the full picture, it’s really exciting. The pieces are wrapped up tight for this story, but leave open the possibility that we’ll see some follow-up, which honestly, I look forward to.

The only “deduction” was for some of the graphic violence and sexual assault scenes. They were very intense. However, they didn’t feel gratuitous, and they advanced the story in meaningful ways – but be warned that they are there and are a bit rough. And there is violence involving animals – a personal sore point for me.

Also to note: this novel is French, and as such, the heights and weights in peoples’ descriptions are metric, which can give American readers a little hiccup.

But all of that is worth it. Because this book is so, so, so good. It is everything a thriller is supposed to be: a suspenseful, chilling, grab-you-and-don’t-let-go book that you won’t want to put down until you’ve finished it.

I will be looking forward to more in this series. Absolutely, no question.

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