Carrere is, according to a recent article in the Guardian, “the most important French writer you have never heard of”. This little novel, in the mould of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood tells the true story of a man who murders his whole family: wife, two young children and both his parents. And he even has a go off his lover for good measure. But the reasons behind the crime are staggering. And the psychology of the murdered, beautifully exposed by Carrere, is the most shocking aspect of the whole novel. The story is amazing. But the way it is told marks Carrere out as an exceptional writer.