Sunday, 11 September 2016

The Eskimo Solution by Pascal Garnier

For a long time this book had me thoroughly confused, there were even times when I found excuses not to pick it up. But eventually after about 25% into the book I found I did not want to put it down!
A strange book about a man called Louis who writes a book about a man called Louis - confused? Well you should be! The first man called Louis even had a next door neighbor called Louis! Louis the author writes a book about Louis the serial killer, so really The Eskimo Effect is a book within a book.

It is dark, very very dark, and it is bleak. But it is also amusing, in a way that almost leaves you feeling guilty for being amused, I mean the man is a serial killer - what can possibly be amusing about that? And yet there are moments where you may not be laughing out loud, but moments where you find yourself smiling out loud.

Perhaps the saddest thing for me after reading this book was to realize that Pascal Garnier is no longer with us. This talented authors premature death in 2010 at the age of 60 years is a real loss, to his family, to France and to all of us who like a good story told well. The most fitting tribute I can pay Pascal Garnier is to read his back list of titles, and that is exactly what I intend to do.

Thank you to Netgalley, and Gallic Books for my free e-ARC of this book in return for an honest review. The Eskimo Solution by Pascal Garnier is published today 12th September 2016.

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