Your next thriller
After the Crash by Michael Bussi sold over 700,000 copies in its native France and, now published in the UK, has quickly established itself as a favourite amongst our booksellers. A three-month old girl is the sole survivor of a plane crash and two families claim she is theirs. Grand-Duc, a private investigator is hired to discover the truth and instead finds a story of deception, bribery, love, heartbreak, death, mystery and everything in between.
"Gripping from the first chapter, this has kept me guessing for most of the day. It's been a while since I've raced through an entire thriller quite so quickly."
Val, Waterstones Kings Lynn.
"After the Crash is a phenomenal novel. In fact I have gone so far as to say it is the best crime novel I have read this year so far and my goodness it is going to take a lot to beat."
- Laura, Waterstones Canterbury
Below, we're delighted to have Michael Bussi himself to introduce After the Crash.
I am a geographer who writes crime novels. I try to forget that I am a geographerwhen I am inventing a story so that I can concentrate on the plot and the characters, but then I turn back into a geographer when I’m writing. The settings are the nails on which I hang my stories but they need to be strong!
The central theme of After the Crash is a quest for identity. That of my heroine, Dragonfly, but also those people she meets who project their love, their jealousy, their desire for vengeance on to her. It is also a novel about society, about the clash between two backgrounds – that of a poor family from Dieppe and a family of privileged Parisians.
At first, I simply began with the idea of a plane crash, and a sole survivor whose identity was unknown. The novel would revolve around the fact that the survivor didn’t know who she was and that those around her would try to claim her as their own. She would find herself caught between many roles – sister, daughter… But then I had the idea of introducing an investigation that would stretch out over the years so that the truth was only discovered on the eve of her eighteenth birthday.
The novel really took off in France when it was noticed by Gerard Collard, a Parisian bookseller who often appears on French television. He enjoyed my novel very much and spoke about it on television. From that point on, the sales of the book took off and it reached the top of the bestseller charts.
I like to write novels that contain a surprise for the reader, that evoke in them an emotional response. Not just a subtle twist, but something that explodes their expectations, that makes them put down the book and think, and then think again. Something that not only makes them want to read on through the pages that follow, but also to reread what has gone before. A little like life – we are caught between nostalgia for what has passed and a desire for what lies ahead.