This Poison Will Remain by Fred Vargas - Book Review

Title: This Poison Will Remain
Author: Fred Vargas
Publisher: Penguin Books
Published: August 20, 2019
Genre/Category: Mystery/Thriller Fiction
Age Range: Adult

Book Synopsis:

When three elderly men are poisoned by spider venom, everyone assumes that the deaths are tragic accidents. But at police headquarters in Paris, Inspector Adamsberg begins to suspect that the case is far more complex than first appears.

It isn't long before Adamsberg is investigating a series of rumours and allegations that take him to the south of France. Decades ago, at La Misericorde orphanage, shocking events took place involving the same species of spider: the recluse.

For Adamsberg, these haunting crimes hold the key to proving that the three men were targeted by an ingenious serial killer. His team, however, is not convinced. He must put his reputation on the line to trace the murderer before the death toll rises...

About the author:

Fred Vargas is a #1 bestselling author in France, Italy, and Germany. She is the winner of four International Dagger Awards from the Crime Writers Association and is the first author to achieve such an honor. In 2018, Vargas won the Princess of Asturias Prize for letters.

My thoughts:

This Poison Will Remain has got to be one of the most interesting reads of the year for me. I'm not the type of reader who dwells into adult fiction very often, but I was pleasantly surprised by This Poison Will Remain. I had forgotten that when I started this novel that it was ninth on in the Commissaire Adamsberg series.  So when I started out the novel with the leading protagonist inspector Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg seeking refuge in Iceland after a difficult case...I felt like I was missing so crucial backstory to his character arc. To read this novel though? You do not need to read the series in order- just thought I'd mention that!

Into the nitty gritty...this book was spectacularly enchanting, and maybe it's because I'm on a true crime kick due to the newest season of Mindhunters, but the way Fred Vargas composed this story provides such a unique premise. I mean death by spider bite? That's so crazy. Fred Vargas is able to take these twisted, cruel acts against humanity to be something the readers invested in. Who is the wild serial killer running around the South of France with deadly spiders? How will inspector Adamsberg be able to find them? These questions plague the reader as they flip through the twisting turns of This Poison Will Remain.  I found the plot of the novel to be steady and quick at the very same time; Fred Vargas writes novels not to be filled with fluff, but purpose. What I mean by that is, I didn't find myself wishing I could just finish this chapter or skimming pages because there was too much description.

Each page of This Poison Will Remain gives purpose to the motions behind the killer and the team of people looking to hunt them down.  Everything in this novel provides balance, such as the scales of justice. I found myself rooting for both the killer and the team of detectives looking to solve these murders. Fred Vargas has a way of creating a sympathetic nature, especially in the readers, when looking towards the humanistic motives behind these cruel murders. I found that particular aspect of the novel to be both creepy and fascinating. This Poison Will Remain is a novel teeming with the themes of justice, retribution, and revenge.

By far, my favorite aspect of the novel was the characters! They were each so unique and different from one another. Most times when I read adult fiction, I get annoyed because the characters end up blurring together. But this novel? Whew, there were so many complicated relationships sprinkled out throughout This Poison Will Remain. Specific characters such as Jean-Baptiste Adamsberg, Irene Royer, and Lieutenant Veyrenc drew me in, especially with their engaging banter. It was nice to each character have their own purpose in a group of people working towards the truth. Each one was complex and different. Adamsberg was the perfect renegade investigator who typically goes against the order in search of what is write. Lieutenant Veyrenc is just as passionate as Adamsberg, following at his side and hoping to help those who need it the most. Irene Royer became my favorite character out of the novel because of her alluring, mysterious personality. I found myself, much like investigator Adamsberg, interested in who she was. It was all so engaging!

That's all for my review guys if you want to check out This Poison Will Remain be sure to pick up a copy at your local bookstore! The paperback of this novel comes out August 20, 2019 - tomorrow! So go grab your copy! And special thanks to Penguin Random House for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review!

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