Demonstrating how easily we can suspect others of wrong-doing, The Case of Lisandra P. by Helene Gremillon explores the death of Lisandra and those in her life, even tangentially, who could be guilty.
Imagine coming home to find your wife’s broken body on the ground six floors from your apartment. That’s the reality for psychologist Vittorio Puig. Coming home one night after a mild fight with his wife Lisandra, Vittorio finds his wife’s dead, broken body on the ground. Reporting the incident to the police leads to his arrest for her murder. Protesting that he’s innocent, one of Vittorio’s patients, Eva Maria, investigates the situation on her own, but her drinking problem proves to be a problem in the authorities believing her in the hunt to find out who killed Lisandra.
The writing at the end seemed to try too hard to fit everything together and tie up all the lose ends for the reader, despite the majority of the text relying upon psychological ambiguity and questioning what happened–it felt incredibly disjointed. The narrative did offer twists and set up various characters to take the fall for Lisandra’s death, which makes it a shame that the ending was so cookie-cutter. I enjoyed the varied format of the narrative, including stream-of-consciousness, standard narrative, and the inclusion of sheet music to elaborate upon the feeling of the tale.
Overall, I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.