Title: Deadly Aid
Author: Michel Tarou translated by Alexis Pernsteiner
Publisher: Amazon Crossing
Published: July 14, 2015
Review: ebook provided by NetGalley and Publisher
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.co.uk
Jeanne Lebrec knows that in real life, criminals are rewarded and the virtuous suffer. As a social worker, she has dedicated herself to helping the poor, the desperate, and the down and out, but now it seems like all she sees are deadbeat dads and drug-addicted moms who use people and have no desire to better themselves.
One day, after a particularly heartbreaking case, Jeanne reaches her limit and does something unexpected—with deadly consequences. Before long, she’s secretly practicing her own twisted version of “social services.” In a world where bad guys win and good guys pay, is there a difference between justice and retribution?
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.
This was a decent read. You have a social worker who is pretty much tired of her job, she has literally seen it all. After visiting one of her cases Jeanne ends up taking a life of one of her clients. This sets off a chain of events that has her feeling cold but satisfied in a way. It doesn't stop with just one client and we slowly start to realize that Jeanne is a psychopath and has finally cracked. Then in comes Captain Villeman who is pretty much good at his job and doesn't back down when cases come his way. When more people that have been dealing with social services start to pretty much kick the bucket Villeman starts having suspicions with what Jeanne really and truly knows about said victims. Though he can't prove it he knows she has something to do with them all.
Will she get away with it or will she be caught?
I actually liked Jeanne until she went kind of crazy so to speak, I did wish the author would have elaborated more on the black outs she experienced. There really isn't any gruesome parts in the book so you don't have to worry about that. This is a story of just an overtired and overworked woman who is tired of the dead beats of the world that use social welfare. She finally snapped and not in a good way.
Michel Tarou was born in Paris in 1947. He is a writer and educator and has ghostwritten and coauthored a number of popular novels. He lives in Seine-et-Marne.