A breathless social thriller, an atypical heroine, events that will be played out in seven days, like a relentless countdown.
This first book lays the foundations for a long series. We discover some inhabitants of the Place Carrée, Mathilde of course, but also little Idriss, his uncle Lounès, or the mysterious Salim, who seems to run the affairs of the neighborhood with an iron hand. We will become familiar with the places that will be the setting of this social fresco, developed year after year, and with the gallery of characters that we will see variously evolving. A secondary character in one novel will become the hero of the next, and vice versa.
Mathilde Says Nothing takes place in 2019, while the traffic circles are occupied by the Yellow vests movement, the next book will take place in 2020, the pandemic year, and so on. Yet these events are of little importance to the inhabitants of the Place Carrée, too busy surviving, aware that they are nobody’s priority, not even the police.
With the codes of the noir novel and the thriller (suspenseful plot, violence, hard-hitting dialogues), we will discover the complex, touching destinies of characters more real than life, conceived from documentary fieldwork, in associative circles, in the corridors of the courthouse, in different socio-professional environments.
The ambition of these novels is to describe the evolution of a working-class neighborhood over several years, in a France shaken by frenetic current events. Who are the people we meet on the bus? What are their stories? What do they expect from life? These “Chronicles of the Place Carrée” aim to provide authentic, necessarily contradictory answers to these questions.