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Don't Let Go

by Michel Bussi

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LoveReading View on Don't Let Go

May 2017 Book of the Month.

A captivating, fiendishly puzzling crime drama with an exotic, fascinating backdrop. Martial, Liane, and their daughter Sopha are on holiday on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean, then Liane disappears and Martial finds himself the only suspect. The main pair in the investigating team are simply fabulous characters, in particular Christos, who would rather sit back with a glass of rum than work for a living. Michel Bussi has the wonderful ability to take you on a completely different journey with each book he writes, yet each is a compelling, high-octane, outstanding read. I found my thoughts tumbling over each other as Bussi took me into the minds of the characters. The daughter Sopha talks in the the first person, creating incredibly intimate and powerful moments in time. Translations of certain local words sit waiting for you, allowing a discovery of the place and people. ‘Don’t Let Go’ twists and writhes, constantly moving forward, tension escalates until the final heart-stopping moments. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Don't Let Go Synopsis

In an idyllic resort on the island of La Reunion, Liane Bellion and her husband Martial are enjoying the perfect moment with their 6-year-old daughter. Turquoise skies, blue sea, palm trees, a warm breeze. Then Liane disappears. She went up to her hotel room between 3 and 4pm and never came back. Her husband, worried, had gone to the room along with the concierge - the room was empty but there was blood everywhere. Despite his protestations of innocence, the police view Martial as their prime suspect. He was the only other person who went to the hotel room between 3 and 4pm according to the staff of the hotel. Then he disappears along with his daughter. With Martial as prime suspect, helicopters scan the island, racial tensions surface, and more corpses are found. Is he really his wife's killer? And if he isn't, why does he appear to be so guilty?

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Don't Let Go Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Dana Captainino - 'The location with its complex racial mix and dramatic scenery plays its own crucial part and with vivid descriptions there is an element of Death in Paradise here.  The characters are colourful and vibrant and unfailingly believable.'
  • Nicola Edwards - 'Full of suspense and excitement – a must read for all crime fans!'
  • Linda Boa - 'Exciting, unpredictable, clever, twisty - some ways to describe this superb thriller about a manhunt on a tropical island, as a murder suspect with his six year old daughter run rings round the police.'
  • Sheila Dale - 'A good thriller which keeps the reader guessing right up to the end.'
  • Glenda Worth - 'Don't Let Go by Michel Bussi - a murder story or not? keeps the reader guessing. Set on an island La Reunion, based around the Bellion family it’s eEasy to read with an unexpected outcome!'
  • Angie Rhodes - 'This is a gripping page turner, I devoured it in one sitting.  If you liked ‘Gone Girl’, and ‘The Girl on the Train’, you will want to read this!!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'I recommend this book for all those who love a main character with a shady past and a plot that sped along, it will pull you along willingly to the end and will keep you up until the wee hours of the morning.'
  • Laura Delve - 'A clever, unique thriller about a man's missing wife and the constant question surrounding whether he is responsible.'
  • Nicola Cooper - 'Great thriller and page turner!
  • Jane Brown - 'A crime novel to stop you in your tracks, beautiful island, holiday with husband and daughter - what could go wrong- wife is murdered husband appears guilty- did he murder his wife?  Fast paced with incredible twists and turns...This is an author to look out for.'

Don't Let Go Press Reviews

Praise for Michel Bussi:

'A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Steig Larsson for the very first time ... Bussi breaks every rule in the book, but I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year' Sunday Times on AFTER THE CRASH

'Thriller of the month' Good Housekeeping on AFTER THE CRASH

'A richly satisfying story...a hugely enjoyable ride.' Irish Independent on AFTER THE CRASH

'The novel ends with one of the most reverberating shocks in modern crime fiction' SUNDAY TIMES on BLACK WATER LILIES

'A work of genius befitting the masterpiece by Monet at its heart ... Simply stunning' DAILY EXPRESS on BLACK WATER LILIES

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781474601788
Publication date: 27/04/2017
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474601788
Publication date: 27th April 2017
Author: Michel Bussi
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Modern and Contemporary Fiction, Thriller / Suspense, Translated Fiction,
Collections: 50+ Novels That Explore the Wonders of Asia,

About Michel Bussi

Michel Bussi is the author of the bestseller After the Crash. In France he has published eight bestselling thrillers and in 2013 alone, his books sold half a million copies in his native country. He has won fifteen literary awards, making him one of France's most prestigious crime authors. When not writing fiction, he is a Professor of Geography at the University of Rouen and a political commentator. Author photo © Philippe Matsas

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