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After the Crash Paperback – 27 October 2015
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- Publisher : W&N; 1st edition (27 October 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1780227329
- ISBN-13 : 978-1780227320
- Dimensions : 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.9 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 162,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Stieg Larsson for the very first time. Bussi's novel brings with it the same thrill of discovering a truly original voice.
It is one of the most remarkable books I've read in a long time; Bussi breaks every rule in the book, but I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year.
There's a great premise to this thriller, which is already a huge bestseller in the author's native France... 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 Mirror
A richly satisfying story...a hugely enjoyable ride. ― Irish Independent
Thriller of the Month ― Good Housekeeping
...an original voice... he [Bussi] borrows elements from old-fashioned clue-puzzle mysteries to provide a breathtakingly suspenseful thriller. ― Tn2 Magazine
Michel Bussi's AFTER THE CRASH will keep you solidly gripped for its total duration. [The] provocative premise - and its aftermath in the present set in motion a truly compelling tale by the talented Michel Bussi, a writer who well knows exactly how to keep the reader turning page after page even when it's past time to turn out that bedside lamp. ― Barry Forshaw
'A compulsive page turner.' ― Maxim Jakubowski, LoveReading.co.uk
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
This is one of the most compulsively readable mystery novels of the year, a great premise thrillingly explored. ― MORNING STAR
Michel Bussi grabs your attention straight away, and keeps it, with great twists, in what is a very good translation by the English writer Sam Taylor. ― EVENING STANDARD
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I loved the whole mystery - 2 babies aboard a plane and 1 is the sole survivor of the plane crashing into a mountain. Both sets of grandparents are fighting for custody (the babies' parents perished in the crash) and there is a possible incestuous love affair (not a spoiler - this is apparent in the first few pages.)
So the court decides which family gets the baby and the other family hires a private investigator to keep digging for irrefutable proof of the baby's identity - for the next 18 years!
This was a well plotted book, hard to put down and with a great cast of characters. I was desperate to know who Lylie really was and this kept me reading long into the night.
The last 70 or so pages let it down a tiny bit for me - I found them a bit long-winded and had pretty much guessed the outcome. However, all in all an enjoyable read.
The book begins with a plane crash in the Alps, from which there is only one survivor – a baby girl, who was flung far enough from the plane to preserve her life without any serious consequences. The child was rescued, almost unhurt, but the dilemma is caused because there were two babies on the plane and it is not clear which one survived. Both newborns were sufficiently young to just look like babies and as neither mother survived the crash, it looks as though there will be a Court case to decide which of the two families should get the baby. One family is rich, the other a bit poorer, but the rich father makes a terrible mistake and tries to get the child assigned to him because he has more money. Largely because of his crass arrogance and bombast the child is given to the poorer family.
It could have gone the other way. The characterisation of this book is problematic. Did the rich family have to be quite so overwhelmingly unpleasant, with another daughter exhibiting signs of mental imbalance. And why did they wait so long to have DNA testing? Just to string out another few chapters, one imagines. Eighteen years pass before science catches up enough to decide the question. In fact, however, neither family need have waited so long. DNA was available in the mid-eighties, and the question could have been answered at least three or four years before the survivor is definitively identified. But that’s not all. There is another dilemma to come. An ingenious dilemma, but overwritten, with long sections by the Private Detective who turns out to be rather more of an unreliable narrator than we thought.
But, once a particular clue was set out for the reader, I twigged that an alternative solution to the "who's the baby ?" puzzle was on the cards, and from then on it was just a matter of wondering how it could be presented in a credible manner. Well, 3 out of 5 for trying.
Sadly, especially the last hundred pages, the story gets ridiculous. People fortuitously jumping to the right conclusions, and being at the right place at the right time – shame! The ending was also nauseating.
Like one or two other reviewers, I found the “anatomical descriptions” left field and rather pervy.
I will try one more of his books, but cannot recommend this one.