As most of you will already know, I love a good thriller, so when I spotted this little gem on the side of Waterston’s Best-sellers Shelf I decided I’d treat myself to a little bit of excitement of the unknown.
So it’s a suspenseful book I’ll give you that, and ‘thriller of the year’ may I add which definitely impressed me and is one of the reasons I grabbed it without second thoughts.
Michel Bussi is seen to strategically layer the evidence for the reader to sink their teeth into the investigation and solve the missing pieces that are yet un-found.
This book was devoured within a total of three days for me and would have probably been completed within the space of one and a half, if I didn’t have a life.
The novel is by Michel Bussi, a bestselling French Crime novelist. Set in 1998 France, the novel unfolds the story of a 1981 plane crash located within Mont Teri that leaves behind no survivors, except from a three month old baby girl. Two sets of grandparents with very different financial wealth, the poor Vitral’s and the rich De Carvilles are set to fight for their rights, as they are each convinced that the child is their blood.
Due to the high amount of publicity the case goes on to eventually award custody of the baby named ‘Lylie’ (a mixture of the two possible names due to not knowing her identity) to the Vitral family.
The remaining uncertainty causes eighteen years worth of grief for both families and of course for Lylie. Marc Vitral has a romantic affair with his possible sister instead of having natural familial feelings, whilst another intense situation occurs with the De Carvilles wanting to keep the case fresh by hiring controversial private investigator Credule Grand-Duc.
Without giving too much away the tale of the novel alternates back and forth with Marc’s modern day perspective and Grand Duc’s summary of findings from the investigation before he eventually has no more time left and commits suicide out of despair and anger from the case.
Due to a dramatical event around her identity but also confusion Lylie is left on the run and Marc is left limited time to run around france and find Lylie not knowing her circumstances of why she has ran away.
The only little fault I see within the novel is that Lylie, who is a big part of the book is part of the main plot however doesn’t intervene in solving her own mystery, even though in the novel she is deemed the most beautiful and intelligent.
Bussi writes in a manipulative nature with the most short but sweet chapters, unexpected and shocking deaths, fantastic twists and turns, a narrative that is fabulously juicy due to numerous delays on details. However it can be seen less enjoyable when you have to sift through the irrelevant sections for the actual clues Bussi tucks away but fear not revisit these parts as they are more relevant than you think, cleverly linking every piece of the puzzle together.
If you’ve read the book yet let me know in the comments about your thoughts and other recommendations that are similar to this book!