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.
Chris Hayden has been working at City Book Review since 2012, so that makes him the keeper of knowledge. He manages the office and book reviewers (all 200 of them!), which is no small feat. If you’re looking at the book reviews here, you’re seeing them because he sent the books out for review. Without him, this place would fall apart, because no one else in the office knows how to use the postage machine. Two words: job security.
|Author||Pascal Garnier, Jane Aitken, Translator|
|Page Count||144 pages|
|Amazon||Buy this Book|
|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|