The Front Seat Passenger
A life caught in its brief, uneventful best is how The Front Seat Passenger by Pascal Garnier starts. Fabien returns home from an ordinary, albeit dull, three-day weekend spent with his uncommunicative father. He opens a beer and putters around his empty home. His wife’s not around and, as casually as one does, he presses the button to listen to the answering machine messages: one from his friend, one from her friend, and one from the police. Fabien’s uneventful life ends there. His wife is one of two fatalities in a car accident. The other fatality? His wife’s lover. In the wake of his wife’s death, Fabien moves in with his friend. No longer living alone, new domestic distractions don’t stop Fabien from obsessing about the accident. This is when Garnier’s skill as a novelist comes through. We watch—almost holding our collective breaths—as the cuckolded husband starts secretly following Martine, the widow of Fabien’s wife’s lover, and her overly protective friend. The events that occur after Fabien’s obsession is discovered make the car accident seem lighthearted. Garnier takes us to a dark place relatively quickly, but we remain enthralled by Fabien and his strange new world.
After editing at City Book Review for a few years, I took up the duties of editorial assistant, which include assigning books for review, posting reviews to our various sites, and nagging reviewers for things. In my non-nagging time, I’m a gamer, artist, writer, and notorious black thumb/bane of plants. My answer to every book-related question: read Octavia Butler.
|Author||Pascal Garnier, Jane Aitken, Translator|
|Page Count||144 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|