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Published by Weidenfield and Nicholson, 27 April 2017.
ISBN 978 1 474 60179 5
Liane Bellion and their six-year-old daughter Sopha are holidaying on Reunion,
a small island that is situated in the Indian Ocean about a hundred and
seventy kilometers from Mauritius. The Bellions had appeared to be the
perfect, golden couple until Liane retires to their hotel room and vanishes,
leaving only blood stained carpets and bedding behind her.
staff try to tell Martial that his wife has run off with a lover - all Liane’s
clothes have gone too - but Martial insists on sending for the police. When
they eventually arrive, a cleaning lady informs them that she saw Martial
wheeling a laundry trolley that could have carried Liane’s body out of the
couple’s room. Other staff corroborate her story. At first Martial denies this,
but he changes his account completely when he goes to the police station the
next day. Why had he lied? Is he deliberately trying to hide the real reason
behind Liane’s disappearance? And what is that anyway?
meantime Rodin, the island’s contemplative philosopher is killed with a knife
that belongs to Martial. The knife has Liane’s and Rodin’s blood on it,
together with Martial’s fingerprints.
Martial realizes that he is about to be charged with two murders, he decides to
flee with Sopha. When they approach their hire car Martial finds a message
written in the dust on his window screen. It instructs him to be at a
meeting point at four o’clock the next day, and to bring his daughter with him.
Hoping to find his wife alive Martial and Sopha set out on a perilous journey
whilst every available policeman on the island, including marksmen in a dozen
helicopters, try to capture them. During this journey we learn that Martial is
no stranger to the island – in fact he had previously lived there for nine
years, during which time he had been married and divorced and had a son who had
Purvi manages the police investigation. Many officers assist her, but her main
support is Christos Konstantinov an exceedingly laid-back colleague who much
prefers probing his mistress, Imelda, than the mysteries he is supposed to be
solving. Fortunately for Christos, besides being a wonderful mother and
mistress, Imelda has an excellent memory and a very logical mind. She enjoys
helping him sort out the inconsistencies in various conundrums he is struggling
with, though she would have done better to curb her enthusiasm this time.
Don’t Let Go is like a magical mystery tour in which you know you
are constantly being led astray, but have little idea why. You have the
feeling that the whole thing is being staged, but again you don’t know
why. Even if Michel Bussi takes liberties with us, which he does, you
simply have no option but to finish this superb book. And, as a bonus, on the
way you will learn much about the island and its inhabitants.
Angela Crowtheris a
retired scientist. She has published many scientific papers but, as yet,
no crime fiction. In her spare time Angela belongs to a Handbell Ringing
group, goes country dancing and enjoys listening to music, particularly the
operas of Verdi and Wagner.