The Case of Lisandra P.
Overview - "A cunningly plotted tale that is by turns cerebral, suspenseful--and ultimately shocking." - Publishers Weekly A gripping psychological thriller 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. Read more...
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"A cunningly plotted tale that is by turns cerebral, suspenseful--and ultimately shocking." -Publishers Weekly
A gripping psychological thriller 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, Helene Gremillon blurs the lines of past and present, personal and political, reality and paranoia in this daring and compulsively readable novel.
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When psychoanalyst Vittorio Puig is arrested for the murder of his lissome young wife, Lisandra, his longtime patient Eva Maria Darienzo agrees to pursue her own inquiriesnever suspecting the danger into which shes plungingin this diabolic danse macabre set in Buenos Aires in 1987 from Grémillon (The Confidant). Though she has no investigative background, Eva Maria, a volcanologist who began therapy because of crippling depression after her grown daughter became one of Argentinas desaparecidos, has learned harsh lessons about duplicity, cruelty, and betrayal during the juntas reign and its aftermath. More ugly truths await as she throws herself into unravelling the mystery of Lisandra, in large part by listening to secret tapes of Dr. Puigs sessions with other patients, and she discovers that almost nothing is as it seems. Though Grémillon occasionally gets swept away with some characters obsessive musings, for the most part she spins a cunningly plotted tale that is by turns cerebral, suspensefuland ultimately shocking. (Jan.)