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After the Crash: A Novel Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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"Riveting! Bussi spins psychological suspense at its finest with this consuming tale of one child, two families, and the dark secrets that define us all. Clear your schedule; this book is worth it!"―Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of Crash & Burn and Find Her
"After the Crash is a jolt to the senses and a jolt to the heart--both rollicking and labyrinthine, both wildly propulsive and yet rich with grand drama, and with a cast of characters--particularly its sumptuously powerful women--you won't forget."―Megan Abbott, author of The Fever and the forthcoming You Will Know Me
"Wonderfully ingenious and altogether satisfying."―Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review
"After the Crash opens with a wrenching scene that will serve as the mystery's terrifically compelling central conceit....sit back and go along for the ride....Bussi's tucked a lot of enjoyable - and enjoyably surprising - pieces into his puzzle."―Boston Globe
"This fascinating tale of intrigue and murder delves into complicated family bonds as it builds to a surprising and shocking conclusion."―Publishers Weekly
"Fast-paced and action-packed, this thriller is adrenaline pumping. Bussi offers a smart, complex mystery with plenty of plausible twists and surprises ... An engrossing story that's almost impossible to put down."―Shelf Awareness
"A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Stieg Larsson for the very first time...I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year."―Sunday Times (UK)
"You find yourself quite frantic to know the truth, before this cleverly constructed, smart mystery concludes by delivering a delicious sting in the tail."―Sunday Express (UK)
"A richly satisfying story...a hugely enjoyable ride."―Irish Independent
About the Author
Michel Bussi is one of France's most celebrated crime authors. The winner of more than 15 major literary awards, he is a professor of geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator. After the Crash, his first book to appear in English, will be translated into over twenty languages.
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In December 1980, a plane flying from Istanbul to Paris crashed into the side of a mountain. The plane burned, making identifying the remains almost impossible (in those days before the use of DNA profiling to help with identification which started in 1985).
There was a miracle on this doomed flight. A three month old baby girl is thrown from the plane and is miraculously unhurt. But there were two baby girls on that flight - Emilie and Lyse-Rose - almost identical in age, one poor and one rich. Which little girl lived?
Then the story jumps forward 18 years to 1998. The beginning part of this story I really enjoyed. I liked the journal kept by Crédule Grand-Duc, the private investigator hired by the rich family.
But character development was thin in the story, with facts being told to the reader and never a chance to feel the angst of the characters.
It read almost like an Agatha Christie tale to me - and that's not all bad. The ending was satisfying. But the parts never seemed to mesh for me. It seemed one-dimensional and flat. I did like the glimpse into French life, though.
NOTE: I received this book from Hatchette Books through Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.
On one hand, it's engaging. I started it the morning of a business trip, flying to a city for a brief meeting and then flying back that afternoon. I read the whole book that day, unable to put it down. On the other hand, it's ultimately a fast-paced mystery novel. The writing leaves something to be desired and is full of intentional cliff-hangers and frustrating expositions that you couldn't have seen coming.
The story focuses not on the girl who was the lone survivor of a 1980 plane crash, but on her (possible) brother. Because there were two babies of the same age on the plane, no one knew which baby was which and the guardianship of the baby was decided in court. (Yes, this is hokey and unlikely, and yes, it's explained mostly plausibly in the book.) One family is wealthy and one poor, and the wealthy family hires a private investigator to work more-or-less full time on the case for 18 years. Much of the book is his journal recording his investigation. The investigator has a sketchy Turkish friend and the rich family has an insane and evil daughter, to round out the cast of oddball characters.
The end is one that you both suspect, and also couldn't have seen coming because there weren't enough clues laid out in the book. It wraps things up nicely - but again, ultimately the book doesn't rise above crime novel into literature, so don't expect to be recommending it to all of your friends.
Michel Bussi is a successful French author. This is his first book translated into English. This award winning book is not perfect or even really fair as a mystery-thriller. The writing or the translation can be clunky, and the reader is not always given the information needed to figure things out, which is not cool, but the story itself is quite intriguing and the author is a terrific storyteller.
Told mainly through the eyes of Lylie's brother (?) Marc, much of the story is related through the notebook of a private detective who's been on the case for eighteen years. This makes for some annoying cliffhanger chapters -- you're just about to find out something important when Marc's train pulls into a station and he has to stop reading, for example; but the setup also makes for some excellent tension. The characters are interesting and colorful, especially Lylie's sister (?) Malvina.
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While categorized as suspense, this book was much more of a mystery. The story kept me going, but not necessarily connected.Read more