By Marcus Sedgwick
In Paris, at the end of the nineteenth century, a man with a perfect memory murders his wife. But that is only the start of the story... A dazzling literary mystery from prizewinning author Marcus Sedgwick.
A dazzling literary mystery from prizewinning author Marcus Sedgwick, for fans of Scarlett Thomas, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Patrick Suskind.
In Paris, in the year 1899, Marcel Després is arrested for the murder of his wife and transferred to Salpêtrière asylum. And so the story might have stopped.
But this is no ordinary patient: Marcel Després, Mister Memory, is a man who cannot forget. And it is no ordinary case: the hurried cover-up hints at dark secrets in the shadows.
A policeman and a doctor decide to unravel the mystery...but the answers lie inside Marcel's head.
And how can he tell what is significant when he remembers every detail of every moment of his entire life?
Marcus Sedgwick is a widely admired, prizewinning author of YA fiction. His books have been shortlisted for over thirty awards, including the Carnegie Medal (five times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (four times). He won the Branford Boase award for his debut novel, Floodland, and the Booktrust Teenage Prize for My Swordhand is Singing. His first novel for adults, A LOVE LIKE BLOOD, was published in 2014.
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14 Jul 2016
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Brilliantly maintains tension and mystery on every page of this highly original story — Daily Mail
A cut above the usual crime novel...a beautifully written tale of the limitlessness of memory and the boundaries placed on love — Sarah Ward, author of In Bitter Chill
This is a clever, fascinating and quite riveting story which poses as many questions as it answers. — Crime Review
This macabre fantasy follows a trail of blood across Europe over 50 years...Stylish, thrilling and fast, you needn't be a horror fan to enjoy this. — Sunday Mirror on A LOVE LIKE BLOOD
Classy, elegant and gripping... A novel for a chilly night with a cup of tea and a warm blanket where you start reading and then go on and on, unable to stop. — John Ajvide Lindqvist, author of Let the Right One In on A LOVE LIKE BLOOD