From one of France's bestselling authors, the tale of wealthy Parisians Martial and Liane Bellion, who are enjoying the perfect family vacation on the island of Réunion—until Liane disappears and Martial becomes the prime suspect. When he and his daughter also go missing, a manhunt on the island begins.
French thriller writer Bussi...combines a stunning setting with a locked-room mystery that keeps expanding and intensifying ... Besides offering a top-notch puzzle, Bussi delivers the kind of cynical and witty police procedural beloved by fans of Georges Simenon. Add glimpses into the disturbing history of the island and its present-day unrest, and you have a wonderfully immersive thriller.
Don't Let Go is the sort of book that grabs the reader from the outset and confuses, confounds and pulls you in ... But there are aspects of all the characters that confound, confuse and sometimes even annoy a bit. All of this action, suspense and doubt is interwoven into a great sense of place, infused with the history and culture of Réunion Island, and the intricate social connections that become a big part of the overall story. All of Michel Bussi's books that I've been fortunate enough to read so far are standalones, so you can dive in at any point. But once you're here, along with what I can't help but think will be an ever increasing fan base, you'll end up like the rest of us. Searching out earlier books and nudging the next to arrive straight to the top of the priority pile as soon as you can.
Bussi imbues his tale with a strong sense of culture and place, but his plot is too dependent on Réunion’s quirks to remain accessible to the average reader. The cast teems with caricatures, the mystery’s myriad twists go unearned, and frequent footnotes make the translation feel more academic than artful.