Events spin seriously out of control after a college professor wakes up beside the dead body of one of his students in this intense, mesmerizing literary thriller from France’s #1 bestselling author.
Events spin seriously out of control after a college professor wakes up beside the dead body of one of his students in this spare, existential literary thriller from France’s #1 bestselling author.
In tight, evocative prose, Philippe Djian brings a buzzing urgency to this story set in a sleepy academic enclave in rural France, where Marc, a professor whose interest in women has filled the hole left by his failed literary ambitions, makes a habit of bringing home his most promising students for brief-but-pleasant affairs. One night Marc brings home his student Barbara, only to discover, to his horror, her lifeless body lying next to him the next day. Instead of calling the police, he disposes of her body in a remote gorge—a decision with consequences that catapult him into an ever-quickening spiral of suspicion and self-doubt.
Consequences is a powerful introduction to one of France’s biggest stars, and, from the gripping opening mystery to its final riveting pages, it’s a story you won’t soon forget.
Philippe Djian is the renowned author of more than twenty novels, including Assassins, Frictions, Impuretés, and the bestseller 37°2 le matin, published in the United States as Betty Blue and adapted for film by Jean-Jacques Beineix. A #1 bestseller in France, Unforgivable (Impardonnables) received the 2009 Prix Jean Freustié, a prize given to a French author for a work in prose. Djian lives in Paris.
“Celebrated French author Djian writes a vivid and captivating psychological thriller about immorality, deceit, and the complications of physical and emotional love. Ruth Rendell fans will be captivated.”
“Djian has no equal, amongst French authors, as the interrogator of the relationships that bind human beings together.”
– Vogue (France)
“A great tragedy and speculative novel, ironic and desperate, [Consequences] points to the wounds of childhood, failure to heal, absolute powerlessness and ultimately love.”
– Inrockuptibles (France)
“Djian has not lost his hand or his eloquence. . . . Consequences is both a very good thriller. . . and an excellent psychological narrative.”