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This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.The Case of Lisandra P. by Hélène Grémillon, Alison Anderson
Published by Penguin Books on January 12, 2016
Genres: Mystery, Psychological, Thriller & Suspense
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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.
The Case of Lisandra P. is hyped as perfect for lovers of The Girl on the Train which I am, so I was so excited when I began reading. Then the excitement went down, chapter by chapter. Now The Case of Lisandra P. is not a bad book, but it is no The Girl on the Train. I am actually getting tired of publishers hyping books as the next Gone Girl or whatever, because those books transcend their genres and are truly powerful. It sets the reader up to expect such amazing things, things that are not easily attained. I am learning that the more a book is compared to others, the less powerful the reading is; I will have a certain expectation and if not met I am disappointed. Even if the book was great in its own right I am disappointed as it was not as good as I had hoped.
The world built was vibrant, an Argentina recovering from things no nation should have to, with a vibrant cityscape. The pacing was swift and kept rolling to the end in a swift clip. The plot was interesting, the murder of a woman who, from the outside, had the perfect life. Her husband’s patients are alternately suspects and detectives. Hélène Grémillon was able to mix the history of the Argentinian atrocities into the psyche of her characters. Unfortunately she was not able to build likeability into them. Almost across the board the players were so self-absorbed that they could not see the outside world for their internal blinders.
I see The Case of Lisandra P. as more of a mystery than a thriller. I was intrigued by the plot and wanted to find out whodunit, but I was not on the edge of my seat, tense and worried by what was next. It was a good read for a mystery but I am not a mystery genre lover. This is why the comparison of book A to book B fails for me. I did really enjoy the blending of history within the plot, and the setting was perfection. If you are a mystery lover I think you will really enjoy this one, for me, I did enjoy it but I didn’t click with it the way I had hoped.
Favorite lines – I would like to have the powers of a beautiful apparition yet remain the everyday woman in his life, his routine. I would like to transform myself to the rhythm of those who charm him. To have that power of metamorphosis. To become her when he is attracted to her, to become the other when he is attracted to the other. Not to always be me, inflicting myself on him. But to transform myself to the rhythm of his desires. To bring every single woman to him while remaining the unique one.
Biggest cliché – “I am so mysterious, witness my mystery!”
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