After The Crash

Book Title: After The Crash

Author: Michel Bussi

Publisher: W&N

Publication Date: August 27th 2015

Genre(s): Mystery & Thrillers, Literary Fiction, General Fiction (Adult)

Pages: 400

Format Received: eBook

Goodreads: On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?

Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl’s hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything – then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone.

My Review: Michel Bussi has delivered again! After first reading Black Water Lillies back in 2016, I thought that novel had set the bar, but this … it has hit another level. What a novel. What a great read.

To set the scene … it is the early 80s, there is a plane crash and there are two new born babies on board. Out of everyone on board, there is only one survivor… one of the new born babies, BUT which family does the baby belong to? Remember, this was wayyyyyyyy before DNA showed its presence. Oh yes, it is electric!!

This novel had me hooked. I was desperate to get onto the next chapter as soon as I saw the closing words of the previous. Honestly, it’s a ‘hook, line and sinker’ novel full of devious characters, murder and full on crime.

About the Author: Michel Bussi (born 29 April 1965 in Louviers, Eure, France) is a French writer of detective novels, and a political analyst and Professor of Geography at the University of Rouen, where he leads a Public Scientific and Technical Research Establishment (French: Unité mixte de recherche, “UMR”) in the French National Centre for Scientific Research (French: Centre national de la recherche scientifique, “CNRS”), where he is a specialist in electoral geography.


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