People Like Them by Samira Sedira – Our Review


Our Review…The first black family have moved into a beautiful little French village and to the locals they seem to have everything: a big chalet, a successful business and a happy marriage. But shortly after their arrival, in a horrific event – they are murdered by their neighbour. This book is told through the eyes of the murderer’s wife, who instead of taking sides or laying blame, is simply trying to understand how her husband could have been capable of such a thing. Through this narrative, Sedira doesn’t linger on the gory details, but rather examines the relationships between the families and the strain they are under in the lead up to the event.

The story is loosely based on a true event where an entire black family of five were murdered in a French village in 2003. It explores the themes of jealously and shame and how if they are left to be dealt with alone, these dark emotions can lead to tragedy. Beautifully written, this is a chilling yet thought provoking read.

‘Icy and chilling… In sharply drawn sentences, Sedira summons the beauty of a small French village, and the shocking acts of the people inside it’ – Flynn Berry, author of the Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick, Northern Spy

*Winner of the Prix Eug ne Dabit*