It’s a pleasure to be opening the tour today for The Reunion by Guillaume Musso. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for my spot on the tour!
About this book…
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.
I have to admit to having never heard of Guillaume Musso until The Reunion, but I can see why he a hugely popular and successful author in his home country of France. The Reunion is a twisty crime thriller set in the author’s birthplace of Antibes with a dual timeline mystery. Set in the present day, three old school friends attend a school reunion with more reason than most to fear the past. The demolition of the school gym is about to commence and they know there is a body concealed there behind its concrete walls. We are then transported back to 1992 to find out who’s body it is and exactly how it came to be there.
I’m a big fan of Pierre Lemaitre novels and I was excited to discover that the same translator has worked on The Reunion. He has converted the original French written by Guillaume Musso into a highly deadly and addictive storyline. I read this in one afternoon as it’s not too long and I wanted to discover the answers to this historical murder as quickly as possible! Thomas is consumed by his infatuation for the stunning Vinca back in 1992. It’s widely assumed she ran off with her lover but no trace has ever been seen of her since. Their closest friends Maxine and Fanny are also summoned to the reunion so it looks like the time has come from the truth to unfold. You may think that this is a “whydunnet” and not a “whodunnit” but there are lots of unexpected twists to keep you on your toes throughout. The plot is easy to follow, even though I think it may have slightly lost something in translation in places, but it still provides plenty of shocking moments. None of the characters are particularly likeable, mainly due to keeping their feelings under wraps and therefore not showing their true colours until much nearer the end. And I liked the use of pop culture which gave me a great feeling of time and setting in which to place those characters.
The Reunion is quite a passionate book in way showing it’s French roots with plenty of dramatic conversations and reveals. The unrequited love felt for Vinca was the catalyst to spark off to a chain of events resulting in murder, a crime of passion that would take 25 years to uncover.
I’m looking forward to more of Guillaume Musso’s books being translated to English as I really rather enjoyed this one!
Meet the author…
Guillaume Musso is the #1 bestselling author in France, and his novels have been translated in forty languages and have become international bestsellers around the world, selling over 33 million copies.
He was born in Antibes, South of France, and currently lives in Paris.