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Title: After the Crash
Authors: Bussi, Michel
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 386
Year: 2015
Publisher: Orion Books
Language: English
Description: Is she Lyse-Rose granddaughter of the wealthy de Carvilles or Emilie, granddaughter of the humbler Vitral family? The identity of the three-month old baby, the sole survivor of a plane crash on the Franco-Swiss border, is in dispute. Even with the courts making the call on custody, the de Carvilles are prepared to employ a private detective for as long as it takes, to irrevocably determine her parentage. Eighteen years on as Credence Grand-Duc is about to release his findings, murder is added to the mix. Just who is this young woman?

With a full complement of deception and intrigue, this is an engrossing and unusual psychological thriller that will not let you rest easy until the mystery is solved. Translated from the French.

Comments from Groups:

Everyone enjoyed the book. It is a gripping story with some clever narrative twists, and a most satisfactory ending. Several in our group thought it was the best we have read this year. The questions were particularly good - they provoked discussion about things we had not considered. Taupo 006

Not quite a 'who-dunnit' but enough twists and turns to keep the average mystery reader wanting to continue to the end. There are plenty of red herrings and a certain twist in the tail. It was enjoyed by the group but not enough to have a really enthusiastic discussion. Auckland 006

Lots of animated discussion on this one! We all started talking at once about the different aspects of the story that appealed to us, and the points that puzzled or intrigued us. And that was before we started on the questions.... In general, we agreed that the book held our interest right up to the last page, and even if we found some aspects implausible, the ending was very satisfactory and made up for these. Christchurch 113

What a great crime story!! Everyone loved it! Hard to put the book down. We hope to see more of Bussi's books in the BDS catalogue! Turangi 001

7/8 at the meeting thoroughly enjoyed the book, all being surprised by the outcome which came very near the end of the book. We discussed many of the questions and all of the characters, and especially enjoyed discussing what we thought we might have done ourselves in the same situation as the Vitrals and the de Carvilles. There was some criticism about the writing eg. the need to discuss Nicole's ample breasts, and writing of the distance in miles when France has used kilometres for years. Maybe this was a translation for the British or American market. Highly recommended to other groups. Christchurch 196

We had a really good discussion, partly because there were different reactions to the book. Almost 2/3 of the group found it gripping, compulsive and clever. The others disliked the red herrings, the complexity of the plot, and the crediblity questions raised for them by the book. However, there were plenty of discussion points and overall it was positive. Those who liked it least were the members of the group who greatly prefer non-fiction. Martinborough 003

Great book, loved by all. Suspense +, hard not to go to the end and see what happens! Auckland 256

Categories: Fiction, Grief/loss, Mystery, Suspense/Thriller, Tragedy/disaster, Translation, France, 2017 Titles, Blind Foundation book

Reviews

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By: NAP 005 2020-11-16 12:17:50
4 
Most members agreed this novel is a complex mystery full of twists and turns, intrigue and surprises. From a wide cross section of society, the many unique characters sparked interesting conversation / discussion.

By: WHITBY 002 2019-12-03 16:56:24
3 
All of us enjoyed this book immensely, with all its twists and turns and surprise ending. It was good, light holiday reading but not one you would remember.

By: ROTO 010 2019-08-09 11:08:05
3.5 
Many in our group enjoyed this book, some having guessed the probable solution to the mystery before the end. The story was well-crafted but some found it dragged too much getting to the action. Some clues were discernible but cleverly placed and led to a surprising outcome which on reflection was obvious. Disliked by those who preferred other genres of writing; agreed it would be a good holiday read. Provoked good discussion, especially on the issues surrounding societal placement and advantage.

By: LOWER 006 2019-04-26 17:37:03
3 
In general the group enjoyed it as a light read. The plot with its twists and turns kept us reading. But we found the characters quite wooden and the ending hurried with unnecessary detail (eg the prolonged train ride). We found the writing jarred at times and wondered whether that was the fault of the translation. Our discussion was shorter than normal - not enough depth to pull apart.

By: CHCH 378 2018-11-20 11:54:57
4.5 
The group loved this book. Great discussion and suspense. Difficult to put down.

By: LOWER 019 2018-09-28 10:05:08
3.5 
Mixed reviews - some loved it and couldn't put it down, some found it slow and unconvincing. Most felt it was easy to read and enjoyed the plot twist at the end.

By: WAIHI 001 2018-08-24 13:13:32
3 
Those who enjoy thrillers liked it. A page turner. Others found it absurd.

By: CHCH 099 2018-08-24 13:05:02
5 
Without exception our members enjoyed this novel. The twist and turns of the plot were clever, intriguing and compelled us to keep reading. The two time frames added to the tension and were not at all confusing. We found that it was easy to forget the book was translated from the French.

By: TAUR 016 2018-08-24 12:45:34
2.5 
Our group felt the plot idea of this book was clever and the twists intriguing. We felt the device of dipping regularly into the investigator's diary worked well, salting the story with red herrings and suspense. BUT, most of us were irritated by the writing style - over-written and self-indulgent. We also felt the characters were unconvincing. A good idea for a book, but not well executed.

By: MARTO 001 2018-08-24 12:38:40
3.5 
All the Book Club members thoroughly enjoyed 'After the Crash'. We found the discussion questions worthwhile and they did stimulate some debate. However, we were a little divided on the overall rating because although we all considered the book 'a good read', it did not fall into the same category as some of our other reads, for example 'The Book Thief'.

By: PALMN 023 2018-08-24 12:33:55
4.5 
10 in group. We all really enjoyed this book. A can't-put-down book.

By: CHCH 446 2018-03-02 12:41:46
4 
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this title and all agreed that it was a good choice. Once you started reading you couldn't put it down, and the plot was very intricate. None of us guessed the ending, and we felt the writing style itself was very good. We thought it would make a good movie! It provoked plenty of discussion and we would recommend this to others.

 
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