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Thriller | C’est la Vie | Pascal Garnier

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We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts for C’est la Vie by Pascal Garnier.

Book cover C'est la Vie by Pascal Garnier

Writer Jeff Colombier is not accustomed to success. Twice divorced with a grown-up son he barely sees, he drinks too much and his books don’t sell.

Then he wins a big literary prize and his life changes for ever. Overwhelmed by his newfound wealth and happiness, he feels the need to escape and recapture his lost youth, taking his son, Damien, with him. And if shady lawyers and mysterious girls lead them down dangerous paths . . . well, c’est la vie.

C’est la Vie by Pascal Garnier is published by Gallic Books (15th August 2019) and is available to purchase in digital and paperback formats).


C’est la Vie is a short but both witty and dark novel.

A French story with noir narration it follows the main character, 50-year-old Jeff. A mid-life crisis and the hunt for his lost youth, Jeff meets a mysterious woman and deals with his relationship with his son, Damien.

A feeling of it is what it is alongside black humour, this novel is perfect for a quiet afternoon in a coffee shop with a decent slice of cake.

I enjoyed this short story.  One to easily demolish in one go.

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Author photo Pascal Garnier

Pascal Garnier, who died in March 2010, was a talented novelist, short story writer, children’s author and painter. From his home in the mountains of the Ardèche, he wrote fiction in a noir palette with a cast of characters drawn from ordinary provincial life. Though his writing is often very dark in tone, it sparkles with quirkily beautiful imagery and dry wit. Garnier’s work has been likened to the great thriller writer, Georges Simenon.

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