- “The Case of Lisandra P.” by Helene Gremillion
- Read as an ebook
- 4/5 stars
The acclaimed author of The Confidant returns with a gripping psychological novel for fans of The Girl on the Train and The Silent Wife about a wife’s secrets, a husband accused of murder, and a marriage gone terribly wrong
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.
In breathless prose that captures the desperate spinning of a frantic mind, Hélène Grémillon blurs the lines of past and present, personal and political, reality and paranoia in this daring and compulsively readable novel.
I came into this book expecting something like Gone Girl, and I got that, but I also got a little something else. My senior year of High School, our Spanish class was focused on border studies, and how the United States has interacted with Latin world in the past. Because this book took place in Argentina, in a time that is Post-Peron, it had a heavy impact on the characters, and it became less about what happened to Lisandra, but also, what happened to all of these characters on the side.
This book did keep me guessing as to whether or not her husband killed her, and the way it was written was very intriguing. Eva Marie is one of the most unreliable narrators I’ve come across, simply because you’re never sure of her state of mind when she’s talking to you. She’s an alcoholic, who has suffered a major loss in her life, so she seems to always be teetering on the brink of insanity.
One of the things that I really loved about this book was the writing style. I’m trying to read more writings in translation because of that, and this book was a great one to read. The writing was beautiful, and yet so different than what I’m accustomed to. The way Gremillion handles her characters, and the way we dive into their minds is something I haven’t seen in things I’ve read before and comes highly recommended. The only thing I wasn’t crazy about was the ending, I wasn’t super satisfied with it, but other than that, this book was a treasure. I would absolutely encourage people to read it.
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