I’m going to make a bold claim here. I think After the Crash is the best book I’ve read so far this year. It wasn’t recommended to me by anyone, I just judged a book by its cover when I had vouchers to spend and thought I would enjoy it. I wasn’t wrong!
On the night of 22nd December 1980, a plane crashes into mountains on the border between France and Switzerland. All of the passengers are killed instantly, except a three-month-old baby girl. But who is she?
Two families step forward to claim her. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie? With no real evidence either way, the courts have to decide on the identity of the little girl. But for 18 years, the families are unsure of the verdict. On the eve of the girl’s 18th birthday, the detective who investigated the case makes a discovery that changes everything.
What did he discover? Did the court get it wrong all those years ago? Is the girl really Emilie or Lyse-Rose?
As someone who is afraid of flying, the first three pages of the book scared me, but after that, I was hooked. I read half of the book in one day, which is unheard of for me.
The story is set in the few days around the girl’s 18th birthday and follows the two families literally minute-by-minute as they get closer to the truth, and uncover some dark secrets on the way.
Michel Bussi is ons of France’s most successful crime authors. After the Crash is translated from French and is the first of his books to be published in the UK. I hope they get round to publishing some more soon.
I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It really is a brilliant read!