Book review: The Reunion

The ReunionThe Reunion
by  Guillaume Musso
Little, Brown, and Company
07/09/2019

Mystery/Crime fiction
288 pages

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Guillaume Musso, one of the top three bestselling authors in France for years, is finally getting translated into English with The Reunion. It is his fifteenth thriller in French and was recently made into a TV miniseries.

Thomas, now a writer living in Manhattan, goes back to Antibes on the French Riviera where he grew up, on the occasion of his fiftieth prep school reunion in 2017. What could be a fun event is actually dreadful for Thomas and his friends Maxime and Fanny: indeed, this anniversary will launch a major renovation project, during which a body will be found—the outcome of something very bad they did 25 years ago.

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Book review: A Long Way Down

A Long Way Down
by  Randall Silvis
Sourcebooks/Poisoned Pen Press
06/04/2019

Mystery/Crime fiction
464 pages

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I discovered Randall Silvis fairly recently and have read three of his books in a short time. He has a unique way of writing crime fiction, so I didn’t hesitate a second to read his new novel, A Long Way Down.

This is the third book in the DeMarco series, and it might be good to first read the previous two, Two Days Gone and Walking The Bones, especially as there are several references to both of them at the beginning. Plus, you can better understand the dynamic between the characters, which is an essential element in Silvis’s books—maybe even more in this one than in the others.

VERDICT: Crime fiction and borderline metaphysical. Try Randall Silvis now!

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Book review: Newcomer

NewcomerNewcomer
by  Keigo Higashino
Translator: Giles Murray
Minotaur Books
11/19/2018

Crime fiction
352 pages

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International bestseller Keigo Higashino returns with his latest mindbender, Newcomeras newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga is assigned to a baffling murder.

In his masterpiece Life: A User’s Manual, Georges Perec takes his reader room by room to discover the lives of people in a single apartment building. Imagine a variation of this pattern, introduce a Columbo-like detective, add a hint of the game Clue/Cluedo, and you have Newcomer in a nutshell.

VERDICT: Another cleverly plotted, beautifully structured mystery by the Japanese master of the genre. I highly recommend Newcomer for all lovers of smart stories, and readers interested in diverse and international literature.

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