Consequences by Philippe Djian
In the first few pages of the novel Marc, a college professor, wakes up next to the cold dead body of one of his much younger female students. He knows that sleeping with his students is wrong, and he could be fired if there was definitive proof, so he does the only thing he feels he can – throws the body into natural pit off a trail near his home. What are the consequences of his actions?
Honestly, that’s what I thought the book would be about: what happens now that he made the decision to hide the body? Yes, there are a number of things that happen which would not have had he reported her death to the police, but in my opinion the ripple effect is next to nothing. I was expecting consequences spiraling out of control. Instead we get into the mind and life of Marc and it’s a dark, uncomfortable, creepy place I didn’t want to spend much time in, nevermind 195 pages.
Thankfully the novel was short, but only fans of psychological fiction who don’t mind being disturbed while reading a book with next to no justice or resolution will enjoy this one.