French / Switzerland

Tant pis pour elle
(Her bad luck)

Dayre, Valérie / Leterrier, Pierre (text)
Genève: Joie de lire, 2014. – 251 p.
(Series: Encrage)
ISBN 978-2-88908-202-5

Small town | Murder | Clique | Emotional neglect

Rebecca, a young journalist, returns to her placid backwater hometown of Montchalin to cover a run-of-the-mill story. She was mistaken, however, to believe her trip back to her childhood home, the place where her sister killed herself fifteen years prior, could be normal. Two murders occur, and suddenly Rebecca herself is one of the suspects. Since she cannot leave the area due to police ordinance, she begins her own investigation: Who from the clique of sadistic, bored teens was responsible for the unsolved suicide of her sister? This first collaboration between authors Dayre and Leterrier spins a tale both suspenseful and funny. It has psychological depth and adopts many very different perspectives – including the unsettling perspective of the murderer, whom Rebecca draws ever nearer to.

A compelling novel on the social abyss of the French province. (Age: 14+)