The woman in the fifth

woman in the fifth


By Douglas Kennedy

Published by Arrow Books, The Random House Group Limited, 2011, UK

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Harry Rick is a man who has lost everything. A romantic mistake at the small American college where he used to teach has cost him his job and his marriage. And when the ensuing scandal threatens to completely destroy him, he flees to Paris.

He arrives in the French capital in the bleak midwinter, and ends up having to work as a night guard to make ends meet. Then Margit, a beautiful, mysterious stranger, walks into his life. But their passionate and intense relationship triggers a string of inexplicable events, and soon Harry finds himself in a nightmare form which there is no easy escape.

My comments:

My first thought was : this is the old same story about a man whose adulterous love affair has played havoc with his own life. I should have known better!

From the cheap hotels of the wealthy areas to the down-at-heels districts of Paris, I soon got hooked on the story of the eventful and hazardous life of an American would-be writer stranded in the French capital.

After many developments, I was obviously eager to reach the conclusion of this action-packed, compulsive reading thriller. I owe it to you that I was expecting a maybe surprising but explanatory, rational outcome. This was to ignore Kennedy’s boundless and daring imagination.

Be poised to face a breathtaking and unforgettable ending.