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The Reunion

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  7,325 ratings  ·  929 reviews


French Riviera, winter 1992.
On a freezing night, as her high school campus is engulfed by a snowstorm, 19-year-old Vinca Rockwell runs away with Alexis, her philosophy teacher.
No one will ever see them again.

French Riviera, spring 2017.
Formerly inseparable, Thomas, Maxime and Fanny - Vinca's best friends - have

Kindle Edition, 289 pages
Published July 11th 2019 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson (first published April 24th 2018)
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Liz Barnsley
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intriguing past present novel with a school at its centre which always appeals to me, I read this fast, engaged with the characters and setting and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Full review to follow for the tour.

Jun 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I was expecting more from this, especially as it would appear to be such a big hit in France. I expected something more ‘noir’ in the Gallic tradition but found it a tad pedestrian. The writing especially - too much name dropping of designer labels, artists, musicians, authors, too little real life and too few engaging characters - and a clunkiness to it that made me cringe at times. Beyond her mesmerising self-possession and physical grace, I couldn’t see the attraction Vinca had for practicall ...more
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
To be honest, I found this something of a disappointment. Set in 2017, with flashbacks to 1992, the story concerns four friends, who haven’t spoken for twenty five years - Thomas, Maxime, Fanny and the attractive, alluring Vinca.

In 2017 there is a reunion at the school the friends attended. Thomas, now living in the States, receives an email from Maxime and finds himself revisiting both his old haunts, and his past. For the reunion is fraught with danger, as hidden secrets could be revealed. Ba
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4☆ Dark, Twisty, Suspenseful Thriller!

THE REUNION is a twisty, suspense thriller.

How many of us would consider going to a school reunion?
I know I certainly wouldn't.
But what didn't attend the reunion, it could spell disaster?

Well that's what happens to Thomas, Maxine and Fanny.
You see they are about to pull down their old school Gymnasium, but these walls have secrets hidden inside them, and they sure as hell don't want them getting out!
But is it all a little too late?!

I love Guillaume Musso's books so much, that when I saw that he was publishing one in the US, I jumped on it! Only, I didn't know that it was a translation, I thought it was an original one, written in English. I read both in English and French, so I was afraid that I'd already read it, but no! Pfew!

I really loved it. It spins, and turns, and spins again. You can guess until the very last chapter what everything really is (and still, you think you got it, but... you don't.) It is an awesomely t
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
School reunions. Personally, I’ve never attended one because I’ve never quite understood the appeal of them. But Thomas has little choice in the matter. During the reunion, the school is set to announce plans for a new gymnasium and Thomas, Maxime and Fanny, who haven’t seen each other in 25 years, know they must go back to school one more time. Because there is a body in the walls, and they put it there.

How is that for a premise? I couldn’t have been more intrigued if I tried. It’s also an inte
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
god, Musso always does this to me.
Every single time, you start reading one of his books and you're like "yeah, not bad" and them bAM, there, here is 7 plot twists in a row for you, enjoy.

"Le mâle blanc dominant, version gros beauf, qui n'avait pas compris que son monde avait déjà sombré." mh yes, this is the kind of tea i ordered, thanks.

On the other hand, Thomas being "relieved" that Vinca is dating someone that was manipulating and raping her and that this means that "she still cares about
Personally this book didn't really grip me. It took me longer than usual to finish and there was so many extra characters alongside the main ones I had no idea who was who by the end (apart from the main ones).

The story actually did come together well, I liked how there was different twists and I never actually guessed any of it.

This is just my personal opinion and I'm sure others will love the book, it's definitely worth a read, just not one I'd read again.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020

The book is not that long, but it took me a while to finish it because I wouldn’t want to pick it up again.

Unlike La vie secrète des écrivains this one was a notch better. The writing was better, although I didn’t like all the throwing in the name of labels, groups, songs, that sounds amateurish to me, it’s like I don’t know how to describe it so let me just put a brand and if you want to know how it looks, well look it up. The plot was interesting, but by the end with so many twists and
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Reunion—billed as a mystery and set in the south of France at a an elite boarding school—had the potential to be a fascinating psychological thriller and dark character study. Could this be The Secret History: Riviera Edition? Sadly no. Not even close.

Alas, this one was a letdown given the premise. In a novel that’s more schlocky soap opera than true mystery thriller, a set of flat, unsympathetic characters futz around and fret about a heinous crime from their past. The bodies pile up rapid
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well that was a nice surprise! What a great read!!! The Reunion takes place in the French Riviera at a prominent international school that over looks the Mediterranean. The story alternates between the past and the present mainly surrounding the events of the night Vinca Rockwell disappeared. This was a great whodunnit! The twists....just keep unraveling! The ending....did NOT see that coming!!! So good, so shocking!!!!! And a bonus....the beautiful descriptions of the Coté de Azur literally tra ...more
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2020
This book has become a disappointment for me. Too many plot twists, irrational behaviours from every character. It was promising at first, I like this kinda storytelling, but when I finished... I felt this was not good enough. It looks like Musso is a hit or miss for me. This time was a miss.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
A really good read! 4 stars.

Well twisted, well written.
Maureen Grigsby
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this twisty murder mystery that takes place in France. One of those novels where you suspect every character at some point, but the author is always one step ahead of the reader!
Kelly Van Damme
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Thomas. He’s a novelist and a rather popular one at that, but his numerous fans don’t know about the demons he has been fighting since 1992, the secrets he has been hiding. Truth be told, I never really bonded with Thomas, but I found him to be an interesting protagonist nonetheless. In 1992 he had the biggest crush on Vinca, but unfortunately for him, he wasn’t alone in that. And then she disappeared and he’s been wondering what happened to her ever since. Thomas has been away from home fo ...more

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Most of us have secrets buried back in our school days but none of us (hopefully) have actually secrets buried in the school yard. A whole body of a secret to be fair.

The story starts in 1992 with Vinca and Thomas who are both at the school where everything is going to start getting very dark indeed. Vinca tells him she’s been raped and that she is pregnant. However, before long the boy in question is dead. Where to bury the body? And what about Vinca? Where is she
Maine Colonial
Are you willing to suspend your disbelief? I mean really, REALLY do it? If you are, then you may well enjoy this French thriller set in Antibes on France’s Cote d’Azur.

Most of the story is told in the first person by Thomas, a wildly successful potboiler writer who is based in New York, having left his Antibes home 25 years earlier. In the present day, he’s back home, ostensibly to go to a reunion at his international high school in Antibes, but in fact because of events from his days at the sch
Sep 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If a handful of overprivileged French people were going to wall up dead bodies in a prep school gymnasium, how many dead bodies would be too many? In my opinion, any is too many. This book is so far beyond far-fetched, with so many plot twists, it is both pretty silly and pretty annoying. The author certainly has a grasp of pop culture though – if that’s any consolation.
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: crime fiction lovers, people in search of something different French lovers
Recommended to Iva by: Marija Raevska
Shelves: ebooks, kindle, predizvik
Great, interesting and gripping book Longer review when I gather my thoughts a bit...
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just excellent one!
This was a bit of a letdown, to be honest. I didn't feel I connected with either the story or any of the characters. The premise was what enticed me to purchase it in the first place - a schoolgirl vanishes one night, rumoured to have run off with a teacher, and neither are seen again. Twenty-five years later there's a school reunion, where three students in particular are terrified the truth of what happened that night will slip out. But to be honest, I was very lost.

I'm afraid I gave up not ev
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a ‘benefit of the doubt’ kind of 2* because I strongly suspect any nuance this novel had has been wiped out by the translation of French into quite simplistic English.

If a crime story is remotely odd or set in the 90s, authors, publishers and reviewers are quick to invoke Twin Peaks, but forget Twin Peaks was the furthest thing from a cut-and-dry murder mystery as it’s possible to get within the parameters of a fictional crime. I need to stop being suckered in to buying books because som
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An enjoyable mystery that kind of fizzled out with the ending of the book.

I mean, sure, a lot of people are probably going to be like 'Wow! Did not see that coming,' but for me, it felt a little messy and a bit like Oprah - 'You get to be involved in the crime! And you get to be involved in the crime!' So many things just got a bit too tangled up for my liking, so while I did enjoy this one, I also came away from it thinking 'What the hell did I just read?'
Good mystery that had some interesting turns. It wasn't quite the story I thought it was going to be and I enjoyed that. Gorgeous cover. Full review to come. ...more
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This is my first book of the year!! Of the decade! And it was actually alright for a first read:)
Ivi Oltovska
Prekrasna kniga i loved it very much 5 stars kako fan na gijom miso super e i negovata pretposledna kniga :)
Susan Hampson
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The events of 25 years ago are going to come crumbling down around three former graduates at the reunion to celebrate part of the old uni building being knocked down and the erection of a new replacement. Manon, Thomas, and Maxine know all too well that inside the soon to be demolished Gym wall there is the body of one of their teachers, who had been thought to have run off with a student that went missing the same night. The night had left so many unanswered questions and with this being the la ...more
Karen Barber
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
25 years after leaving, our narrator - a celebrated writer - is called back to his school for a reunion. This could be an invite to ignore, but for the fact that Thomas knows this event could change his life because of something that happened years earlier.
The story is told in a rather chaotic fashion, jumping from time and narrative focus, but this actually allows us to pick up (albeit unwittingly) all manner of details to help piece together what may or may not have happened.
At its heart this
Kimberly Burns
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the most popular authors in France today. From his early childhood with reading books and plays, Guillaume Musso became convinced that one day, he too would write novels. After finishing high school in France, Guillaume Musso left for the United States at the age of 19. He spent several months in New York City, living with other young foreigners and earning his money by selling ice-cream. H ...more

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