"Terrifically compelling ... Sit back and go along for the ride." Boston Globe
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 girlthrown 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 powerfuland 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.
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About the Author
Michel Bussi is one of France's most celebrated crime authors. The winner of more than 15 major literary awards, he is a professor of geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator. After the Crash, his first book to appear in English, will be translated into over twenty languages.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book will have you on the edge of your seat! It has so many suprising twists and angles and just when you think that you've figured it out a new lead comes up. You'll be genuinley suprised by the ending. You wont see it coming! This book can be enjoyed by adults and teenagers alike!
Great roller-coaster ride!!! I loved it. Well-written, lots of really unexpected twists and turns, empathetic characters, tremendous suspense.
What would you do to get your grandchild back? A plane crashes everyone dies but one baby. There are actually two aboard, born within two days apart. Whose baby is it? That's the question that this book is determined to answer. Finding that answer is definitely one that held my interest with this story. Believe it or not, there were so many twists and turns in this plot that you would not even think of. One set of grandparents are rich and ruthless. The other set is poor and hopeful. It takes 18 years to solve this mystery. The writing was awesome with great character development. Some you loved, some you disliked and one you hated. The pages flew as I needed to know who was this poor lost little girl. The answer blew me away, as I definitely did not see it coming. A sincere thanks to Hatchette Books and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in return for an honest review. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and hope you are as blown away as I was.
An Excellent Book Suspense An airplane that is flying at night from Istanbul to Paris plummets into the Swiss Alps with 169 holiday travelers. Right before a fire rages through the aircraft the only survivor, a three-month-old girl is thrown from the plane onto the snowy mountainside. Since there where two infants on board the question becomes who is the miracle baby? Is it Lyse-Rose or Emilie? The families of both come forward for the child. One is powerful, wealthy, and dangerous and the other poor. A private detective is suicidal and eighteen years later he has failed to solve the mystery of the girl that is now known as Lylie. He is about to pull the trigger as he sits at his desk when he finally uncovers a secret that changes everything. But will he live to tell? This is a book that has some fantastic twists and turns and truly takes the reader on an amazing ride. Just as the reader thinks they know the answer to the mystery another clue is uncovered that will have them second guessing whether or not they have any idea where this story will end up. It proves to be a book that is very hard to put down once the reader starts it. The reader will want to know just how the story ends and will devour each and every page to see if they will be able to figure out just how it turns out. The ending does not disappoint at all. This is a must read for lovers of suspense.
★★½ Let me put my rating in perspective for you up front: I'm not a fan of detective fiction. It is my least favorite of any genre. For some reason, these books consistently annoy the hell out of me so I usually leave them alone. However, readers from all over the world are raving about Michel Bussi's After the Crash, using descriptors like "extraordinary", "richly satisfying", "brilliant"... so I had to read it, right? After the Crash is indeed a detective fiction mystery/thriller. The perspective was interesting as the story is told through the detective's journal which offers a generous timeline of approximately eighteen years. After reading the book's synopsis, I'm sure many will agree that the main storyline sounds pretty interesting, even wild, and it was overall. However, for me personally, the flow of the mystery component was a bit too much. I felt like I was offered a 5000 piece puzzle on a day I was fiercely PMS'ing. Yes, that may sound extreme but that's the only way I can adequately describe my reading experience. To sum it up, After the Crash was more headache than engaging for me personally, but fans of slowly-released clues will likely gobble this one right up. A heavy fan base in France has promoted this novel to bestseller status thus warranting translations for mass consumption. I'm sure a film adaptation is just around the corner as well. Michel Bussi has obviously done something right! Check it out and see if it's for you :) My favorite quote: "We all hang on desperately to life, even when there's no hope left."
I can't believe I read the whole thing. The author creates suspenseful situations and then milks them way too long. After the reader has lost interest in what is really going on, he reveals small tidbits of new information designed to pull us in again--largely without success. This is the story of a three-month-old baby that survives a plane crash, but no one really knows who she is since there were two infant girls on the plane. Two sets of grandparents come forward to claim the child and the court must decide who should raise her. Although it's based on a promising premise, it isn't skillfully executed. The flaws are too numerous to mention, and the characters were not very likable.