- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: W&N (27 April 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1474601790
- ISBN-13: 978-1474601795
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.6 x 23.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Don't Let Go Paperback – 27 Apr 2017
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Michel Bussi is one of France's most ingenious crime writers... has plenty of twists and turns in store in this fast-moving novel about a long-planned act of revenge. (Joan Smith SUNDAY TIMES)
Some writers try carefully calibrated alternations on a winning formula from book to book, but offer few surprises. That ca't be said of the French author Michel Bussi.. That refusal to repeat himself is evident in Don't Let Go, which is just as accomplished as its predecessors. (THE GUARDIAN)
The third novel by the bestselling French author takes the reader on a thrilling ride across the remote isle in the Indian Ocean with plenty of twists and turns to keep them gripped until an epic, unexpected conclusion. (Jon Coates DAILY EXPRESS)
as it draws towards its heart-pounding final pages, it's hard to concentrate on anything other than the outcome of the desperate manhunt - and the startling revelation of the truth. Inventive, original and incredibly entertaining (SUNDAY MIRROR)
What Bussi's.. books do share are a ticking clock mechanism, signaled by constant date and time checks, and a stonking great twist at the end" (THE TIMES)
A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Steig Larsson for the very first time . . . Bussi breaks every rule in the book, but I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year (Sunday Times on AFTER THE CRASH)
Thriller of the month (Good Housekeeping on AFTER THE CRASH)
A richly satisfying story...a hugely enjoyable ride. (Irish Independent on AFTER THE CRASH)
The novel ends with one of the most reverberating shocks in modern crime fiction (SUNDAY TIMES on BLACK WATER LILIES)
A work of genius befitting the masterpiece by Monet at its heart . . . Simply stunning (DAILY EXPRESS on BLACK WATER LILIES)
From the bestselling author of AFTER THE CRASH ('a novel so extraordinary it reminded me of reading Stieg Larsson for the first time' Sunday Times): a man's wife goes missing. He didn't kill her so why is he so guilty?See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
Martial and Liane Bellion together with their six year old little girl are on holiday in the idyllic Reunion Island having a wonderful holiday. Reunion Island is made up of mostly locals and tourists and boasting a stunning coastline with dangerous high mountains which are home to the island's volcano.
Liane leaves the pool area heading back to the room and passing staff from the hotel on her way. When she does not return after an hour or so Martial goes back to the room to see why she is taking so long. Unable to get in he enlists the help of the hotel manager to gain entry. The room is eMpty and there is blood all over the floor. The police are called and Martial is distraught until the police discover he is not the innocent husband he is portraying. The cleaning lady divulges that she saw him follow Liane a few minutes after she left the pool area.
Immediately he disappears taking his daughter with him. Helicopters are scrambled and a massive search is underway. The story is told over three days, minute by minute. I found this unputdownable and read over the course of a day. Absolutely recommend.
There are a couple of niggles: practically every male character spends an inordinate amount of time ogling and leering at any female in sight, which leaves the reader feeling somewhat grubby, and the prose (particularly the dialogue) is sometimes stilted, although whether this is down to the original or the translation is impossible to say.
Overall, a decent choice for a holiday read.
It’s such a pleasure to kick back and settle down with a book from an author who is reliably brilliant; other than knowing you’re in for a treat you have no idea what to expect, as every story has been utterly unique in their presentation, plot, and finale.
'Don’t Let Go' exceeded my expectations as it’s a cracker of a cunning mystery, nurtured to perfection.
A missing wife, an anxious husband, and their blood-splattered hotel room all point to a grave outcome, but statements from witnesses conflict with the facts. Despite the carnage no body is found, yet no one saw her leave their room after she went inside. The details that emerge suggest premeditated murder but without the evidence of a physical corpse the fate of Liane Bellion cannot be determined, only that she has vanished into thin air.
Ooh, I do love a book like this! The sharp hook of suspense caught me right away! I was trying to work out scenarios as to why Liane’s husband would casually leave his daughter swimming in the hotel pool after excusing himself to check on his wife, then call the police to report her missing and successfully draw attention to himself as a pattern of erratic behaviour is revealed.
The chronological time stamps included within each chapter were similar to following a live bulletin, while maintaining a flowing story format. This additional level of reality it impresses just how dangerous lost time can be to an investigation of this nature as every what, why, where, and how take a step closer to the husband’s guilt. The police authorities grow restless and overworked, and the prime suspect makes so many illogical moves I was wondering what he could possibly be trying to achieve. Of course it all becomes quite clear.Read more ›
It’s easy to see why Martial, his wife Liane and their young daughter should choose the west coast of the island for a relaxing holiday. Liane goes back to their room – presumably to shower or change – but when, an hour or so later, she hasn’t returned, Martial goes to investigate and, to his surprise, finds the room empty. None of her clothes are in the room and there are bloodstains on the wall.
From this point, as there is no trace of Liane and a (male) body is discovered on the beach with a knife bearing Martial’s fingerprints, the storyline gets intriguing and increasingly complex.
But, as with all good thrillers, nothing is straightforward and the number of twists increase as each page is turned. Particularly as the police, with a fleet of helicopters and a number of armed response units go searching for Martial and his daughter…
At this stage our author gets carried away and produces, from a magic hat, some 11 helicopters and 30 sharpshooters. That, by any standards, is an impressive armed response unit: particularly for a tiny island in the middle of the Indian Ocean. I’m not sure about the size of the police force on Réunion but, in addition to a medevac helicopter, a couple for the tourist trade and probably one for the police it’s hard to see how Réunion – or the nearby and independent island of Mauritius – could produce such a formidable armada.
Thus a four-star rating instead of five.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The sun-kissed volcanic island of Reunion sits in the middle of the Indian Ocean and is a melting pot of cultures, from the colonial French to the Malabars, to the Creoles and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Plucked Highbrow
Don’t Let Go is a mystery, thriller that sees an investigation take many twists and turns amongst the island of Réunion. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Chloe Smith
As a long-time (British) resident of Reunion I read this novel last year in French, before it was translated into English. Read morePublished 7 days ago by champacs
I did really enjoy this book and not too much got lost in translation as it sometimes does with books that are translated from one language to another. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Angela Lovelace
This is a mystery thriller set on the island of Reunion, involving a missing wife and an apparently-guilty husband. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Miss
Black Water Lilies was my fav read of 2016, no question and I did read over 300 books…
So when I saw that MB was about to release another through publisher, Orion I... Read more
This book is set on Reunion Island, a place I knew nothing about before I read the book, although I have since made use of Google ! Read morePublished 24 days ago by Anne
I have recently read and enjoyed Black Water Lilies, also by this author, so when I saw this one had also been translated into English and released as "Don't Let Go", I... Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ashrae