The bestselling French phenomenon, winner of the Prix Lion Noir, now available in English for the first time... When Madame Preau returns to her own house outside Paris after several years spent in a convalescent home, she immediately notices that the neighborhood has changed. Now, instead of a beautiful garden next door there is a new house. And she can see directly into her new neighbors' windows. Madame Preau quickly feels that something isn't right. Her neighbors have two perfectly healthy children who play in the yard after school. But there is also a third child: a young boy who looks malnourished and abused, and tosses small stones at her window in an apparent call for help. The family denies his existence. But is the little boy real, or merely a hallucination of a lonely, mentally unstable old woman cut off from her own beloved grandson? When the police refuse to listen to her, Madame Preau decides to take matters into her own hands. She's determined to help the little boy, and she'll do anything to make sure he's safe...
About the Author
Sophie Loubiere is a novelist, journalist, and radio producer. The author of five novels, several detective short stories and a children's book, Sophie Loubiere won the Lion Noir prize and the Ville de Mauves-sur-Loire prize for The Stone Boy. She is also the winner of the SACD Meilleur Jeune Auteur Radio prize for her work in radio."
"Translated in a deliciously forthright style by Nora Mahony, The Stone Boy mischievously toys with the reader's expectations, blending elements from the traditional mystery tale with those of the paranormal...The irascible and irrepressible Madame Préau makes for a delightfully ambiguous protagonist, and Loubiere deftly plots a compelling tale that is as poignantly heartbreaking as it is thrilling."—Irish Times
"An absorbing psychological thriller."—The Times (UK)
"Impossible to put down."—La Semaine
"A suspenseful psychological thriller, The Stone Boy is also a beautiful picture of a passionately loving grandmother, an unreliable old lady, more nosy and intrusive than Miss Marple."—Françoise Chandernagor
"This book is a real gem full of creativity, humour and suspense...with an unforgettable heroine."—Le Nouvel Observateur
"A thoroughly menacing psychological thriller."—Morning Star (UK)
"A novel as complex as a spider's web."—Le Dauphiné Libéré
"On the evidence of this atmospheric and complex thriller, France is shaping up as a font of impressive new crime writers specialising in unorthodox and genuinely unsettling narratives. . . French Noir is in the ascendant."—Financial Times (UK)