Rider on the Rain,
by Sébastien Japrisot
Translated by Linda Coverdale
US publication date 10/5/2021
Le Passager de la pluie
was first published in French in 1969
French mystery / Classic
Last month, when I presented the book Trap for Cinderella by Sébastien Japrisot, I highlighted the fact that it was a bit confusing at times. Today, I am delighted to review another book by Japrisot: Rider on the rain. This one has a more straight line plot and it is really excellent.
Rider on the rain is set in a tiny resort on the French Riviera. Usually the bus never stops there, but one day it does, and Mellie, 25, sees a stranger carrying a red bag getting off the bus.
She is really intrigued. Who can this man be? Later on in the day, she finds herself stalked by this same stranger. Something happens, and Mellie needs to act radically.
She thinks no one witnessed her action but Harry Dobbs, a somewhat American Detective, arrives. Mellie ends up being stalked again, this time by the detective pressuring her to admit to what he thinks he knows about her and her actions.
Will she? Will he find enough evidence that she did what he thinks she did? And if he does find evidence, what will he do with it?
This is probably the best game of cat and mouse I have ever found in literature, and I totally enjoyed this. Until the very last lines, you never know who is going to win, the cat or the mouse? It could really go either way.
The suspense was fabulous and the psychological descriptions of the characters really astute. I cannot give more details without revealing spoilers.
The ending was really good, and really unexpected for me, though it did make sense.
This is the third book by Sébastien Japrisot I have read, and it is definitely my favorite. Come back on November 2nd for my review of The Sleeping Car Murders by Japrisot.
VERDICT: Fabulous game of cat and mouse and excellent psychological thriller.
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