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Title: After the CrashAuthor: Michel Bussi
Genre: Thrillers & SuspensePages: 384
Star rating: 4/5
Just after midnight on December 23, 1980, a night flight bound for Paris plummets toward the Swiss Alps, crashing into a snowy mountainside. Within seconds flames engulf the plane, which is filled with holiday travelers. Of the 169 passengers, all but one perish.
The sole survivor is a three-month-old girl--thrown from the airliner before fire consumes the cabin. But two infants were on board. Is "the Miracle Child of Mont Terri" Lyse-Rose or Emilie? The families of both girls step forward to claim the child. Dogged by bad luck, the Vitrals live a simple life, selling snacks from a van on the beaches of northern France. In contrast, the de Carvilles, who amassed a fortune in the oil business, are powerful-and dangerous.
Eighteen years later, a private detective tasked with solving the mystery of the girl known as "Lylie" is on the verge of giving up. As he contemplates taking his own life, Crédule Grand-Duc suddenly discovers a secret hidden in plain view. Will he live to tell it?
Meanwhile, Lylie, now a beautiful university student, entrusts a secret notebook into the hands of Marc, the brooding young man who loves her, and then vanishes. After Marc reads the notebook's contents, he embarks on a frantic search for Lylie.
But he is not the only one looking for her.
Bussi has truly spun a tale of suspense and mystery. Interwoven between this suspense is also a thrilling story filled with woe. When you're reading this book, you will trust people you shouldn't. Your heart will get broken because a character you thought you liked and knew well will do something utterly unthinkable. You will both cry and laugh. Most of all you'll definitely need a massage from hours of endless tense muscles while devouring this novel.
I absolutely loved it! I also adore the fact that this is a translated book, which I've never read any of. It definitely flowed smoothly. Oooo, if only I could read French, though!
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I'm definitely glad I was able to read and review it.