On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?
Eighteen years later, having failed to discover the truth, private detective Credule Grand-Duc plans to take his own life, but not before placing an account of his investigation in the girl’s hands. But, as he sits at his desk about to pull the trigger, he uncovers a secret that changes everything – then is killed before he can breathe a word of it to anyone…
Michel Bussi, a French award-winning author, pens his latest crime thriller,Un avion sans elle, that has been translated into English by Sam Taylor and the English title is called, After the Crash.
Now with a synopsis like that, I have to admit I was pretty intrigued. I wondered as to how this mystery will actually be solved. So I started reading and couldn’t stop until I read through till the end. Trust me, the book is that good. The author has done a commendable job of getting the mystery up and running until the last chapter. I could warn you now itself, start reading the book only when you are sure you don’t have to be anywhere else soon because you wouldn’t want to keep it down until you are done.
At first, you might think the mystery is solved within the first few chapters. But then, the plot thickens and it’s twist upon twist as you move forward. One second, you are sure of the answer, the other second puts you back at square one. The climax was astounding and I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the story.
This is one of the best mystery thriller books I have read until recently. Looking forward to more by the author.
Until the next post,
Your ever-reading Nami 🙂
Psst: Following is a comment on this book by one of my friends:
Geeja Latheef Namitha – After the crash has a gripping story line. Its a good read too.