Hailed as "a novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Stieg Larsson for the very first time" (Sunday Times, UK), a near-million copy best seller in Europe - centered on a tragic plane crash in the Alps and the mystery surrounding its only survivor, an infant girl.
A night flight from Istanbul bound for Paris, filled with 169 holiday travelers, plummets into the Swiss Alps. The sole survivor is a three-month-old girl - thrown from the plane onto the snowy mountainside before fire rages through the aircraft. But two infants were on board. Is the miracle baby Lyse-Rose or Emilie? Both families step forward to claim the child - one poor, one powerful, wealthy, and dangerous.
Filled with delicious twists and riveting psychological suspense, After the Crash is an electrifying story of a two-decade mystery, secret love, and murder - perfect for the listeners who swarmed to Stieg Larsson, Gone Girl, and The Girl on the Train.
©2016 Michel Bussi (P)2016 Hachette Audio
"[Bussi] is a new master of the genre: I guarantee sleepless nights." (Avantages [France])
"Bussi has crafted a suspenseful tale that takes complete hold of you, where the characters are marionettes at the tip of his pen." (Quotidien du médecin [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 Express [UK])
I love to read books set in interesting places or historical settings. I especially love mysteries and thrillers.
I fell for it. Even though I thought the summary of this story was more strange than interesting, I plunged forward thinking I would get a "Stieg Larsson" like experience. Nope, didn't happen.
An 18 year investigation into the true family bloodline of a miracle baby that survived a devastating plane crash was interminable. Two families are fighting to raise the child as their granddaughter. How about a DNA test during that 18 year period where the results are published? I proceeded more from persistence than curiosity.
Stieg Larsson gave us complex, fascinating storylines and the best modern character ever written with Lisbeth Salandar. Nothing like that with this book.
I will say the the author writes well and the narrator was good. That's the best I can say.
Insane that this book got a single good review, let alone multiple ones. I kept trying to finish it and simply couldn't. I wanted to hit every single character over the head for being an idiot. There is NOTHING redeeming here: two-dimensional characters, contrived plot, glaring errors (i.e. We are told that Credule, the investigator, was the "sole father figure" in Mark's life...but when Mark needs to reach him, he needs to ask a favor in order to get Credule's address and phone number...Seriously? After 18 years you don't know the guy's address or phone number? Pretty poor "father figure." We are also told, of course, that DNA was not available at the time of the crash--otherwise the whole plot would be irrelevant--and yet, the author is happy to have Mark texting the girl in the story with 2005 abandon even though it's 1998.). The voice, which I thought was acceptable for the first half hour or so, gets more and more irritating as the cumbersome writing gets more and more contrived. AVOID. AVOID. AVOID. A total waste of time.
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