Guy Béranger is a dangerous child murderer is at the end of his prison sentence. His release on parole to the custody of the monks at Vielsart Abbey leads to an outcry from the nearby small village and to the rest of the country. When a young girl disappears on the outskirts of the abbey, the entire village is in uproar. Chloé Muller, a young inspector based in Brussels, is assigned to the investigation to protect the despised Béranger, bringing her face-to-face with the fears and secrets of the seemingly peaceful local community.
1. The Lost Sheep
A child’s drawing catches Chloé’s attention: it depicts Noémie with a deer-headed figure. The investigation leads Chloé to a network of poachers.
2. The Sign of the Beast
The case takes a new turn when the autopsy reveals a symbol carved into the little girl's scalp: it's Béranger's symbol, the killer's signature!
3. False Idols
Lucas’s brother tries to make him see reason. Chloé and Michaël scour Béranger's past, hoping to find someone likely to reproduce his crimes.
4. The Good Shepherd
Vincent and his gang notice Béranger in the vehicle. Armed and inebriated, they're willing to do anything to take justice into their own hands.
5. Blood Brothers
Chloe, Lucas & Patrick are in a race against time: they must find Béranger before Vincent and his gang take justice into their own hands.
6. The Alliance
Béranger offers to make a pact with Chloé, which would force her to lie to the people closest to her, in exchange for information on the Toy Dealer.
7. The Well of Souls
Chloé and Michaël are called to investigate a strange incident at the abbey and a new child, Bastien, disappears on his way to school.
8. Agnus Dei
Chloé and Michaël investigate the deer head. And the young monk gives up the identity of the mask's last-known owner: his brother Vincent!
9. Thou Shall Not Kill
An investigation is opened on the circumstances surrounding Vincent's death. Michaël comes across a final clue while packing up the case files.
Atmosphere envoutante, beau mélange de réalité métaphorique avec le quotidien, l’énigme humaine plus incitante que l’énigme policiere. cela m’a rappelle les romans de Fred Vargas, une expérience culturelle très rafraîchissante.
I would like to enjoy this as much as other reviewers, but the continual odd policing errors - which seem so basic - are a distraction.
Gripping, clever, raw and totally surprising. Incredible actors, real and terrifying. Highly recommended