The book takes us back to the heart of the 2000s. It opens with the disappearance of the daughter of the Youtubeuse star Mélanie Claux, the little Kimmy Diore aged six, later turns into a thriller without warning, before ending as a terrifying dystopia.
Delphine de Vigan mixes genres with great skill to our greatest delight. Children are kings recreates the picture of a society increasingly dominated by reality TV, exerting its destructive influence on the fragile psyche of child stars, a society in which everything is for sale, including family happiness. The writer masterfully moves from the criminal intrigue and the intricacies of the investigation to the psychological impact of the increasingly widespread practices that do not leave us personal space and personal life with all the resulting consequences.