Released: 11th July 2019
Publisher: Weidenfeld and Nicolson / Orion
Welcome to a school reunion you won't forget
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 not spoken in twenty-five years. But when they receive an invitation to their school reunion, they know they must go back one final time.
Because there is a body buried in that school … and they're the ones who put it there.
THE BIGGEST #1, MEGA-BESTSELLING AUTHOR YOU'VE NEVER READ... UNTIL NOW
* THE #1 AUTHOR IN FRANCE
* A TOP 10 HIT AROUND THE WORLD
* OVER 33 MILLION COPIES OF GUILLAUME MUSSO'S NOVELS SOLD WORLDWIDE
* THE UNPUTDOWNABLE THRILLER OF SUMMER 2019
I like to explore translated fiction when I can, but this author was one I hadn't come across before. If you've read my blog before, you'll probably know that I love thrillers and I also love stories set across different time frames. I was intrigued by the premise of this, and I found that the plot unfolded in such a unique way that I was impressed and hooked.
Our main character is Thomas, but we also spend time with other characters as well. Most of them are hiding something but we don't know what until we get further into the plot - it is a thriller after all - but I enjoyed how Guillaume Musso was able to keep me captivated with such flawed characters.
Frank Wynne has translated well so that the prose still flows and the suspense grows deeper with every chapter. With Thomas narrating most of the present day plot and then the snatches of the past peeking through to hint at what he was trying to figure out I was kept guessing and the tension was holding me on the edge of my seat as I read on. A story about youth and power but mostly about secrets, lies and betrayal. This is a great thriller with a brilliant twist at the end and perfect to keep you enthralled on lazy summer days.
Thanks to Tracy Fenton and Compulsive Readers for inviting me to be part of this tour, and to Weidenfeld and Nicolson for sending me a copy for review.