BOOK REVIEW: AFTER THE CRASH

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***No Spoilers***

As most of you will already know, I love a good thriller, so when I spotted this little gem on the side of Waterston’s Best-sellers Shelf I decided I’d treat myself to a little bit of excitement of the unknown.

So it’s a suspenseful book I’ll give you that, and ‘thriller of the year’ may I add which definitely impressed me and is one of the reasons I grabbed it without second thoughts.

Michel Bussi is seen to strategically layer the evidence for the reader to sink their teeth into the investigation and solve the missing pieces that are yet un-found.

This book was devoured within a total of three days for me and would have probably been completed within the space of one and a half, if I didn’t have a life.

The novel is by Michel Bussi, a bestselling French Crime novelist. Set in 1998 France, the novel unfolds the story of a 1981 plane crash located within Mont Teri that leaves behind no survivors, except from a three month old baby girl. Two sets of grandparents with very different financial wealth, the poor Vitral’s and the rich De Carvilles are set to fight for their rights, as they are each convinced that the child is their blood.

Due to the high amount of publicity the case goes on to eventually award custody of the baby named ‘Lylie’ (a mixture of the two possible names due to not knowing her identity) to the Vitral family.

The remaining uncertainty causes eighteen years worth of grief for both families and of course for Lylie. Marc Vitral has a romantic affair with his possible sister instead of having natural familial feelings, whilst another intense situation occurs with the De Carvilles wanting to  keep the case fresh by hiring controversial private investigator Credule Grand-Duc.

Without giving too much away the tale of the novel alternates back and forth with Marc’s modern day perspective and Grand Duc’s summary of findings from the investigation before he eventually has no more time left and commits suicide out of despair and anger from the case.

Due to a dramatical event around her identity but also confusion Lylie is left on the run and Marc is left limited time to run around france and find Lylie not knowing her circumstances of why she has ran away.

The only little fault I see within the novel is that Lylie, who is a big part of the book is part of the main plot however doesn’t intervene in solving her own mystery, even though in the novel she is deemed the most beautiful and intelligent.

Bussi writes in a manipulative nature with the most short but sweet chapters, unexpected and shocking deaths, fantastic twists and turns, a narrative that is fabulously juicy due to numerous delays on details. However it can be seen less enjoyable when you have to sift through the irrelevant sections for the actual clues Bussi tucks away but fear not revisit these parts as they are more relevant than you think, cleverly linking every piece of the puzzle together.

If you’ve read the book yet let me know  in the comments about your thoughts and other recommendations that are similar to this book!

9/10

Sharney x

BOOK REVIEW: HOW TO BE PARISIAN WHEREVER YOU ARE

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“When you work to please others you can’t succeed, but the things you go to satisfy yourself stand a chance of catching someone’s interest.” – Marcel Proust, Pastiches Et Mélanges.

A Novel written by four best friends intrigues me right away. Expecting nothing but sass and class, this book is what I’ve been looking for a long time, it has a unique approach with no chapters or even a story. Although you could argue that it is a broken down one about a typical ‘Parisian woman’, it’s got every little detail down from tips on how to be stylish, effortless, extravagant and how to throw the best parties, you name it.

Although I say ‘effortless’ is stressed throughout the book, I’d say it comes across with very high maintenance attitudes rather than low. The book is hilarious at times and did have me laughing to myself now and again about certain attitudes I regard myself having. The part about ‘Women’s Real Assets’ and ‘The Ideal Man’ will just make you giggle. Although it can be seen as a parody, it’s great to learn recipes for dinner parties and other delightful little bites. As well as this, a lot of girls and guys want to be a fashionista or go through these fashion craze phases and nothing is better to than look up to French Goddesses such as Bridget Bardot and Thylane Blondeau.

I find it truly fascinating that us British people and other countries around the world are obsessed about French lifestyle and culture along with their flawless simplicity.  If you want to be took to a first date, a party, the countryside or get advice about how to look natural to making your boyfriend jealous, it has every tip of the trade for your indulgence.

Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan, Caroline de Maigret and Sophie Mas have hit every French stereotype on the head.

Let me know what you think of the book in the comments guys, it’s worth a read.

6/10

Sharney x