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After the Crash

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  14,121 ratings  ·  1,776 reviews
On the night of 22 December 1980, a plane crashes on the Franco-Swiss border and is engulfed in flames. 168 out of 169 passengers are killed instantly. The miraculous sole survivor is a three-month-old baby girl. Two families, one rich, the other poor, step forward to claim her, sparking an investigation that will last for almost two decades. Is she Lyse-Rose or Emilie?

Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 12th 2015 by Orion Books (first published 2012)
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Diane S ☔
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Translated for the first time from France, this book has won multiple awards in its home country. A plane crash, two three month old babies on board and one survives while every other being on the plane does not. Really? Well, stranger things have happened in life, so just go with it. In the time before DNA it is almost impossible to prove which baby this was and so two families, one wealthy with connections, one hard working with no connections both claim the baby as their grandchildren. A cour ...more
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

----Oscar Wilde

Michel Bussi, a French award-winning author, pens his latest crime thriller, Un avion sans elle, that has been translated into English by Sam Taylor and the English title is called, After the Crash. The mystery revolves around the identity of the youngest survivor of a plane crash accident among 169 passengers aboard that happened eighteen years ago, and now in the present, the detective, who was assigned to find
After the Crash by Michel Bussi is a 2016 Hachette publication.

Apparently, this book was a huge hit in France a little while back and so has been translated and released in America.

The premise is certainly interesting. A plane crashes, killing everyone on board, save one three month old child. The miracle child is claimed by two sets of grandparents- one wealthy, one poor. A battle over custody of the baby ensues which reaches epic proportions. After eighteen long years, the mystery is still un
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
After the Crash was a piece of excellent storytelling. It had many threads, unusual characters and lots of twists and turns. Sure, it was completely improbable and a bit over the top, but it had no trouble keeping my attention. In 1980, everyone perishes in a plane crash on a flight from Istanbul to Paris -- except for a three month old baby. But there were two three month old babies on the flight, and both sets of grandparents lay claim to the one surviving baby. Eighteen years later, the searc ...more
Apr 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The basic premise for this book is intriguing. A plane crash. Implausibly, but not impossibly, a baby is flung from the aircraft and survives. There are no identifying marks and pre-DNA testing no way to prove the baby’s identity, which is unfortunate as two sets of grandparents lay claim to the little girl. Equally unfortunately, but conveniently for the plot, no one outside her now dead parents has actually seen the baby – oh, except for her possible 6-year-old sister, which isn’t all that hel ...more
Peter Boyle
Sep 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
After The Crash is the trashiest of trashy airport thrillers. The plot is preposterous: in 1982 a baby is the sole survivor of a French plane crash. Problem is, there were two identical looking infants from vastly different families aboard, and nobody can tell who the little girl belongs to. The ensuing years see a hotly-contested investigation into uncovering the true identity of the unfortunate child.

The writing is poor - well-trodden cliches and laughable implausibilities abound. And yet I ke
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book a low rate because I wasn't convinced by the "coincidence" that there were 3 female babies with blue eyes and about a few months old who were in the same place at the same time.
Let me put my rating in perspective for you up front: I'm not a fan of detective fiction. It is my least favorite of any genre. For some reason, these books consistently annoy the hell out of me so I usually leave them alone. However, readers from all over the world are raving about Michel Bussi's After the Crash, using descriptors like "extraordinary", "richly satisfying", "brilliant"... so I had to read it, right?

After the Crash is indeed a detective fiction mystery/thriller. The perspectiv
Norah Una Sumner

Indulge in an interesting story about an unusual dragonfly, a tragic plane crash and its serious consequences.

This is certainly a story which constantly deceives you with its web of lies and secrets & which makes unexpected twists. This is a book that does not allow you to relax for a moment, because only one moment of carelessness is enough to miss what she's heating up for so long. Complex characters and action that is becoming more and more complicated make this book a great read. And then co
Liz Barnsley
After the Crash is a really superb mystery thriller - one that hooks you in immediately and leaves you hanging on every world while you wait to find out the outcome.

So the premise is very clever - a baby is the sole survivor of a plane crash. Two families claim she is theirs - in the days before DNA and with such a young child, how on earth do you work out who she is? Especially when there are no real clues. The court eventually decides but then begins years of investigation by the losing relati
Jan 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very entertaining tale about a girl, one of two babies on a flight but the only survivor following the crash, who went on to be the subject of a custody battle between grandparents. After a short legal battle trying to prove the child's identity without the benefit of DNA (it was 1980), the judge makes his decision. One of the grandmothers hires a private detective on an 18 year retainer (really?), and if nothing else this guy provides most of the book's laughs and mysteries while the ...more
A thriller that explores the nature vs. nurture issue, “After the crash” tells the story of a three-month-old survivor of a horrific plane crash.

When, on December 23, 1980, a plane carrying 169 passengers crashes into the Jura Mountains between France and Switzerland, there is only one tiny survivor. But given that the plane carried not one, but two three-month-old infant girls, the survivor’s identity is shrouded in mystery and controversy.

Because the scientific method of proving identity via m
Apr 13, 2015 rated it liked it
'By accident, almost, her mouth touched his penis.
He went hard. How could he do otherwise?'

An extremely stupid book, seriously tripe. This was huge in France, but so is not picking up your dog's shit (allegedly).
However, it's extremely grippinh. It needs a warning label on the front 'Reading this book is highly addictive and leads to loss of brain cells: Don't start'.
This review was done by KissinBlueKaren

I have been thinking about this review for 3 days now. I am still conflicted about this book. A plane crashes into a mountain in the middle of the night. Everyone is killed instantly, except a female infant who was thrown from the plane right before impact. The baby is claimed right away by the surviving Grandparents and living sibling. The problem is that there were 2 babies on the plane, both girls about the same age. The baby has no identifying marks
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Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I have never had the pleasure of reading a book by Mr. Bussi, I believe this may be the first of his novels to be translated into English. He is an award winning French author who has written many crime thrillers. I can certainly see why.

The novel starts with a crash that happened 18 years in the past, letting us into the cabin of the ill fated plane, listening to thoughts and feelings of the passengers and flight attendants who knew it was the end, and then the tragedy of crashing into a snowst
May 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
The characters in this thriller are constantly cursing themeselves for their stupidity, which is not exactly a sign of compelling characterization or competent writing. The world doesn't need a French Dan Brown, but it appears we have one. Kinda like the literary equivalent of Disneyland Paris, entirely redundant.
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
I always get my doubts, when a book is translated from another language to English; however, it was done very well and I was pleasantly surprised.

This is a weird but wonderful concept of a plane crash, the only survivor being a 3 month old child.
Known as the Miracle Child.

A battle of custody ensues from the two sets of Grandparents.

Set in the 1980's they didn't have the DNA expertise as they do today so it wasn't as easy to determine a child's paternity.

I just found the twist a little OTT
It le
Patricia Williams
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a very different read but a book I could not put down. It's a mystery written by a French author and translated into English and done very well. It's a very complex plot with lots of twists and turns and every time you think you have things figured out, the detective finds a new twist to the plot. And then you find out, even the detective is not being completely truthful. I really enjoyed reading this book and did not want to stop until I found out what really happened. definitely recom ...more
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-2017, own
Good plot, intriguing story, well written, you begin to uderstand the truth near the last 100 pages.

Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
This took a little time to get into, which surprised me. There were a lot of characters and it took a while to work out who was who.
I liked the characters as they developed and all fell into place. The narration of the story was sometimes frustrating, as it changed from chapter to chapter... mostly.
There was suspense, violence, twists and turns.
I enjoyed this mystery, however I felt it wrapped up a little quickly and there were still some loose ends, that did not resolve for me.
May 26, 2015 rated it did not like it
I'll be honest: I got to page 209 and I was realised I was done. I skipped to the last page, read the somewhat predictable ending, and moved on.

The problem was the writing - I am not an imbecile. I do not need every little detail to be explained. When reading a mystery, I expect the author to drop hints that I may or may not pick up. I do not expect those hints to be explained by three sentences of unnecessary babbling. Every. Single. Time.


The blurb about the author says he's won Fifteen lit
Linda Harris
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not great . FAR too long drawn out . Lost interest halfway . His other book... Time is a killer ...was so much better
Oct 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read the Hungarian edition of this book upon a friend's recommendation. I'm not a fan of crime fiction or detective stories and even though this book had its twists, it still did not grip me. The first half of the book bored me to death, so much so, that I put it down and read two other books that was just published and I was dying to read. Then I picked this up again, just to see where it all went.
The format itself did not keep my attention at all. Grand-Duc's diary was just a rambling me
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
I have to admit to being a little daunted by the review of this book. However, after getting into it, I can state unequivocally that: 1) this is definitely a thinking persons mystery/thriller, 2) I could not put it down and 3) I did not even try to guess the ending.

I loved "After the Crash." It is not a book for those who want to speed through to move on to another book. It is one of those books where you need to look back occasionally for a clue or something you might have overlooked while rea
Madhulika Liddle
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

When I opened this book, my initial reaction was: How am I going to get through nearly 400 pages of this? No. not because the start was bad, or anything related to the story itself, but just sheer practicality: the font size of the paperback here in India is pretty small. Not a comfortable size at all for me.

By the time I’d read the prologue and the first chapter, I wasn’t even noticing the awkward size of the font any more. It just didn’t matter; all I wanted to know was what happene
Joanne Robertson
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I didn't realise until I started to read this that it had been translated into English from the original French but please don't be put off by this-it is a great translation leaving in the French phrases when they make more sense that way.
A plane crashes en route to Paris from Turkey and the sole survivor is a 3 month old baby girl. Two families claim that the baby belongs to them-one family rich and influential, the other from a poorer working class background. A private detective is employed
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In the winter of 1980, a plane crashed killing everyone on board except a three month old baby. Two families, pole opposite of each other, come forward to claim the baby. Their claims lead Credule Grand-Duc to an investigation that lasted for eighteen years. The detective plans to hand over his work to the surviving girl and then kill himself. At the last moment he discovers the last missing piece of the puzzle that uncovers the girl’s real identity only to end up murdered. Is Lyse-Rose de Carvi ...more
Nov 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What would you do to get your grandchild back? A plane crashes everyone dies but one baby. There are actually two aboard, born within two days apart. Whose baby is it? That's the question that this book is determined to answer. Finding that answer is definitely one that held my interest with this story.

Believe it or not, there were so many twists and turns in this plot that you would not even think of. One set of grandparents are rich and ruthless. The other set is poor and hopeful. It takes 18
Feb 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
boring, predictable. incest storyline was very uncomfortable and false. characters were stereotypical; the doting brother/lover running all over town, the rich/poor families, the 'black widow' malvina the evil sister. the writing style is very wooden. the constant and unnecessary sexual descriptions are very jarring- we get it - Nicole has big boobs! the author displays an odd sense of self awareness, even saying that one scene was like a bad horror film and also admitting that we were likely bo ...more
Shelagh Rice
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked the idea of the story line of this book from the beginning. A plane crash 168 passengers 1 survivor a 3 month old baby, but there were two 3 month old babies on board. Set in 1980 pre DNA. What happens? Who decides? One family overjoyed one destroyed. What ripples it causes? What happens in the ensuing years? This is not a huge book with in depth character analysis, but it is a good book with a good plot told well. I enjoyed this and although I saw most of twists coming it was a very sat ...more
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Michel Bussi est un auteur et politologue français, professeur de géographie à l'université de Rouen. Il est spécialiste de géographie électorale.

Michel Bussi is one of France's most celebrated crime authors. The winner of more than 15 major literary awards, he is a professor of geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator. After the Crash, his first book to appear in English,

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