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After The Crash

by Michel Bussi


I purchased this because of the title and the intriguing blurb – it seemed a little different. It was enjoyable but not a thriller that sends you hiding behind cushions. It is the first book by Bussi to have been translated into English from the original French, I would quite like to see what else he can do.

A plane crashes and the only survivor is a three month old baby girl. All documents have been destroyed in the fireball that occurred when the plane crashed and there is no way of identifying her. As there were two three month old baby girls on the plane, two families claim her – one rich, one working class. This was in the days before DNA testing so a private detective is engaged to try to uncover the truth.

The book starts at a point 18 years after the crash. The characters are damaged as only survivors of a tragedy can be. There are twists and turns to keep you engaged, but there are some occasions when you just have to suspend belief. For instance, once you do get DNA testing done, what do you with the results? Well, I for one wouldn’t stick them in a drawer for three years.

It was a good read, but not exactly a nail-biting read.