'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
'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
Picture the scene - an idyllic resort on the island of Réunion. Martial and Liane Bellion are enjoying the perfect moment with their six-year-old daughter. Turquoise skies, clear water, palm trees, a warm breeze...
Then Liane Bellion disappears. She went up to her hotel room between 3 and 4pm and never came back. When the room is opened, it is empty, but there is blood everywhere. An employee of the hotel claims to have seen Martial in the corridor during that crucial hour.
Then Martial also disappears, along with his daughter. An all-out manhunt is declared across the island. But is Martial really his wife's killer? And if he isn't, why does he appear to be so guilty?
'Some writers try carefully calibrated alternations on a winning formula from book to book, but offer few surprises. That can'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 - GUARDIAN
'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
In this uneven crime novel from Bussi (Time Is a Killer), vacationers Martial and Liane Bellion and their six-year-old daughter, Josapha, are lounging by the pool at R union Island's Hotel Athena when Liane decides to retreat upstairs. An hour later, Martial goes to check on her, only to find their room empty and spattered with blood. Witness statements suggest that Martial played a role in Liane's disappearance, but before the police can arrest him, he and Josapha flee. Authorities assume they're dealing with a domestic dispute, until someone begins murdering locals. Are the crimes related? If Liane is dead, where is her body and where is Martial headed? After an adrenaline-fueled start, the story loses speed. Bussi imbues his tale with a strong sense of culture and place, but his plot is too dependent on R union's quirks to remain accessible to the average reader. The cast teems with caricatures, the mystery's myriad twists go unearned, and frequent footnotes make the translation feel more academic than artful.
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Don't Put Down
This book, as are the two previous books published in English by M Bussi, is brilliant! Well crafted and with unexpected endings.