People Like Them

Original title: Des gens comme eux

Author: Sedira, Samira

Publication Date:

January 2020



Original language and publisher

French | Actes Sud

Territories Handled

Netherlands, North America, Scandinavia

Territories Sold

English (World) (Penguin US)
Germany (Piper Verlag, at auction)


Crime & Thrillers, Literary Fiction

People Like Them

Original title: Des gens comme eux

Author: Sedira, Samira


(Collection La Brune)

“People Like Them is disturbing and powerful. It explores the topics of racism and jealousy in a very subtle way. I loved it.” —Leila Slimani, bestselling author of The Perfect Nanny

Penguin Books is the publisher of Leïla Slimani’s The Perfect Nanny as well as a number of other extremely successful psychological suspense authors—Flynn Berry and Celeste Ng, to name just a few. It’s a genre we know how to sell and a core part of our list. I’d like to take a chance on this brilliant, captivating novel. —Gretchen Schmid, acq. editor Penguin Books US

A scene of carnage in a mountain village when five family members are murdered by their neighbour. At the trial, his wife seeks to understand the infernal chain of events that led to her husband’s murdering spree. Strangers to the region, the Langlois settle in a remote village in a mountain valley where everybody knows each other and resembles each other. They are rich, or at least so it seems: they have an impressive chalet built opposite the modest abode of Anna et Constant, they own three flashy cars and they live in style. And Bakary Langlois is black. An ambiguous relationship develops between the two couples characterised by fascination, embarrassment, jealousy and possibly racism, all amid mutterings of fraudulent investments.

Inspired by a true story, the novel explores the claustrophobia of a small isolated community where the outsider both fascinates and disturbs on account of his social status, his skin colour and his lust for life – until the final carnage.

Marketing Information

  • Over 20,000 copies sold