Jun 9, 2017

After the Crash by Michel Bussi: Review and Book Beginning

I finished reading  a thrilling new mystery set in  Claude Monet's Givenchy, Black Water Lilies by Michel Bussi, February 7, 2017, Hachette. Translated from the French. I enjoyed it so much, I went on to read a previous novel of his, After the Crash, a mystery set in the Jura mountains of France.

Book beginning:
23 December, 1980 12:33 a.m.
The Airbus 5403, flying from Istanbul to Paris, suddenly plummeted. In a dive lasting less than ten seconds, the plane sank over three thousand feet, before stabilizing once again. Most of the passengers had been asleep. They woke abruptly, with the terrifying sensation that they had nodded off while strapped to a roller coaster. 

Page 56:
"There remains the question of eye color," the doctor continued. "The only real distinguishing feature of this baby...Her eyes are strikingly blue for her age. The color can still change, darken, but all the same, this appears to be a genetic characteristic." 

My comments: After the Crash has an amazing plot. The only survivor in a horrific plane crash in the Jura mountains of France is a three-month-old baby girl. She was one of two baby girls of the same age on the plane, and none of the four parents survived the crash. 

There is no way to identify the baby, in the days before DNA testing was available. Two sets of grandparents claim her, the wealthy de Carvilles, and a working class family, the Vitrals.

The court awards the child to the Vitrals, but Mrs. de Carvilles hires a private detective to prove the baby Lyse-Rose is really hers, and not Emilie, the Vitrals's child. She gives the detective eighteen years to prove the case. The baby grows up to be called Lylie, a combination of both names, Lyse-Rose and Emilie, as neither family is one hundred percent sure who the child really is.

The book follows the two families and Lylie as she grows up, the story given in a detailed notebook written over eighteen years by the detective, Credule Grand-Duc. What he discovers after eighteen years is stunning. There are plot twists that makes riveting reading. I enjoyed it immensely.

I was surprised that our library carried both the hardcover and the ebook versions of the two books. I am looking for the third translated into English and may have to try reading the untranslated books with my college French. I just ordered Mourir Sur SeineWish me luck!

Memes: The Friday 56. Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% of your eReader. Find any sentence that grabs you. Post it, and add your URL post in Linky at Freda's Voice. Also visit Book Beginning at Rose City Reader.


  1. This one looks interesting. Enjoy your current read!

  2. I'm glad that you enjoyed this book, Harvee! Thanks for sharing the beginning.

  3. Love that cover and it sounds good too! :)

  4. I love a good plot twist! Thanks for sharing :)
    Here is my Friday post, Inspiration Pie

  5. It sounds like you've found a great new author!

  6. Sounds like an exciting read! Happy weekend!

  7. Sounds like an intriguing read.


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