Post Script: The 7th Woman – Frederique Molay

The 7th Woman

A Paris Homicide Mystery

Frédérique Molay

Le French Book

ISBN: 9781939474032




There’s no rest for Paris’s top criminal investigation division, La Crim’. Who is preying on women in the French capital? How can he kill again and again without leaving any clues? A serial killer is taking pleasure in a macabre ritual that leaves the police on tenterhooks. Chief of Police Nico Sirsky–a super cop with a modern-day real life, including an ex-wife, a teenage son and a budding love story–races against the clock to solve the murders as they get closer and closer to his inner circle. Will he resist the pressure? The story goes behind the scenes with the French police and into the coroner’s office, with the suspense of Seven, with CSI-like details. Winner of France’s most prestigious crime fiction award; named Best Crime Fiction Novel of the Year; and already an international bestseller with over 150,000 copies sold.


My View:

This narrative really went overboard on the detail – in the autopsy room and in the details of the crimes being committed and the crime scene investigation; whilst the descriptions were authentic and accurate (I believe) there was just too much detail and horror for my reading pleasure. Further I could not tell if the book wanted to be a cozy crime fiction, the instant- falling- in- love- at- first- sight by the dashingly handsome super cop Nico Sirsky alluded to this genre but the level of intense sadistic violence took the book on a different journey.


I am sorry to say I found the characterisation flat and unimaginative – maybe something got lost in the translation or maybe it was lacking in the writing –maybe it would have flowed better if read in its original language? Who knows but I was expecting so much more from the creative side and less of the forensic violent details.  The bones of the plot were quite compelling but I would have liked to have seen the narrative handled in a different way, more psychological tension than actual sadistic detail.   Sometimes less is more.




5 thoughts on “Post Script: The 7th Woman – Frederique Molay

  1. Thanks for your candid opinion as ever, Carol. The one thing I did have to say I noticed about this one was that Sirsky is at least more or less adjusted. Far, far too many cops are the loner, ‘maverick, demon-haunted kind. I’m glad he wasn’t. I agree with you about the ‘peek-through-your-fingers’ moments…

  2. I think I liked this a bit more than you, though I agree about the graphic descriptions and very much abiout the love affair – which I felt was contrived just to give Nico someone to worry about. Actually I think I’d probably object to it more now than I did when I read it – my distaste for graphic torture scenes seems to have been growing steadily over this past year as each author seems determined to outdo the others. I thought the characterisation of the love interest (whose name I’ve forgotten) was non-existent really, but the other women came over more strongly.

  3. Thanks for the review Carol. With your review and the comments above mine – of which I also value 🙂 it’s a real mixed bag. And with so many books out there that I’m desperate to read I think I’ll give this a miss. There isn’t even the interest sparked for me to make it a I’ll-make-my-own-mind-up book.

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