"After the Crash", by Michel Bussi

After the Crash - Michel Bussi

Told largely through the eyes of a private investigator “After the Crash” is an absolutely brilliant psychological thriller that open in 1980 with a plane crash in the Jura Mountains on the Franco-Swiss border. Out of the 169 passengers on board one three month old baby girl survived. Two families came to claim the surviving child but only one will win the legal battle for custody.

Crédule Grand-Duc, is the part time narrator and the main player in finding the true identity of the child. The heart of the drama starts 18 years after Grand-Duc was assigned the case. Sitting at home he chronicles his 18 years of efforts, misses and successes in a journal and this diary hurls us deep into the book. Be warned from the opening pages this drama is unputdownable.

The author scripts a taut thriller and shows how much he has invested time developing all his main characters: Lylie, the surviving baby, 18 years later goes down memory lane, Marc Vital, her brother will eventually find the truth, Malvina de Carville will go to any length to see Lylie be her sister. Mr. Bussi is a master at the art of dropping clues into the narrative and leading the reader into a solution which raises more and more questions. The pacing is interesting there are more than enough unknowns to keep us guessing until the very end. The language is quite formal during the investigation and sharp and young when Lylie and Marc’s voices come to play.

The story is brilliantly told, extremely captivating and quite suspenseful.

Excellent read I highly recommend it.

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