The Anomaly

A Novel

    • 4.0 • 342 Ratings
    • $11.99
    • $11.99

Publisher Description

A New York Times bestseller and a "Best Thriller of the Year"

Winner of the Goncourt Prize and now an international phenomenon, this dizzying, whip-smart novel blends crime, fantasy, sci-fi, and thriller as it plumbs the mysteries surrounding a Paris-New York flight.

Who would we be if we had made different choices? Told that secret, left that relationship, written that book? We all wonder—the passengers of Air France 006 will find out.

In their own way, they were all living double lives when they boarded the plane:
     Blake, a respectable family man who works as a contract killer.
     Slimboy, a Nigerian pop star who uses his womanizing image to hide that he’s gay.
     Joanna, a Black American lawyer pressured to play the good old boys’ game to succeed with her Big Pharma client.
     Victor Miesel, a critically acclaimed yet largely obscure writer suddenly on the precipice of global fame.
    About to start their descent to JFK, they hit a shockingly violent patch of turbulence, emerging on the other side to a reality both perfectly familiar and utterly strange. As it charts the fallout of this logic-defying event, The Anomaly takes us on a journey from Lagos and Mumbai to the White House and a top-secret hangar.
    In Hervé Le Tellier’s most ambitious work yet, high literature follows the lead of a bingeable Netflix series, drawing on the best of genre fiction from “chick lit” to mystery, while also playfully critiquing their hallmarks. An ingenious, timely variation on the doppelgänger theme, it taps into the parts of ourselves that elude us most.

Mysteries & Thrillers
November 23
Other Press
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

stunned2018 ,

Good book

Very enjoyable book. Reminded me of the old Sci-Fi story “A Subway Named Mobius” that I read as a kid.

323EL ,

The anomaly

Parts of this book were gripping. Then it seemed to fall apart. A combination of faddish philosophy, trendy movie lines and nonsensical dialogue doomed it half way through.

Kvetchnik ,

too disjointed and dry for me

I recognize this is a “good” book in the sense that it is enormously clever. It takes too much effort though, to hold in mind the many disparate, disjointed, confusing stories - stories that show no sign of making sense until the middle of the book, by which time I couldn’t remember who was who and got tired of having to go back and look it up. This was made all the more annoying by the fact that I really didn’t care about any of the characters anyway - none were developed enough or had enough charisma to be important to me.

If you like complicated puzzles and memory games, you’ll love this. If you need emotional involvement with the characters … don’t bother. I was kind of glad when it was over.

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