Medea meets Dexter
The most hated woman in Belgium sits in her prison cell preparing for imminent release, laboring through the memories of her former life. Obsessive and reflective, yet crucially lacking in remorse, Odette’s testimony is a tricky script to untangle. Based on the real-life events of Michelle Martin, ex-wife of the notorious child abductor, murderer, and serial rapist, Marc Dutroux, this is a powerful and intelligent fictionalized account of the inner workings of Michelle Martin’s mind before, during, and after the crimes that shook a nation in the 1990s.
In The Woman Who Fed the Dogs, Hemmerechts has produced a daring novel—at once tragic, odious, and compelling—that positions the reader uncomfortably close to the human behind these unforgivable acts.
January 8, 2019
“With unnerving conviction, this novel inhabits the mind, heart and voice of Belgium’s ‘most hated woman,’ the ex-wife of murderer Marc Dutroux – the authenticity makes for a compelling narrative.” —BLAKE MORRISON
“Kristien Hemmerechts didn’t write an apology for an inhuman woman, but simply a very good novel.” —De Volkskrant
“As is the case with the best written of books, it is not what is said, but what is not said that makes the writing so accomplished.” —For Books’ Sake
“The narrative is impossible for the reader to escape, unknowingly and at most points unwillingly, you are dragged into her world.” —Exeposé
“The naturalness of this reconstruction of a life is mind-blowing” —PANTHEON BOEKHANDEL