You would think that with a story starting with a court case and the judgment handed out to the murderer that the tension in the book might be lost.
Sure you expect the focus on events to shift back into the past after the opening description of the court case but you start to settle back into your chair expecting little in the way of surprises.
But if there is one thing that Nemirovsky is an expert at it is character and as she starts to peel back the history of Gladys Eysenach you start to be introduced to a rather extreme woman. Someone who starts out in the court accused of shooting dead her young lover this is not quite as open as shut case, from a reading perspective, you might have expected it to be after the first chapter.
A review will follow soon...