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
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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.
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.
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. Until then, the island’s residents are speculating, backed up by sources of gossip and details not exchanged with police during interviews.
'Don’t Let Go' is a title you can’t fully appreciate until you near the end of a holiday in this vivid Indian Ocean setting, where some of the characters are wishing they most definitely weren’t there. While the frantic race is on to solve a vengeful riddle before the ultimate sacrifice must be made, the diverse heritage of Réunion Island allows its cultural history to blend into the story at just the right intervals. Simply superb.
(I requested a copy of this title from the publisher, via Netgalley. Huge thanks to them for obliging as it is my absolute pleasure to provide an unbiased review for this cracking book.)
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