Firstly I wish to thank Tracy Fenton of Compulsive Readers for inviting me on the Blog Tour for THE REUNION by Guillaume Musso
An elite prep school frozen in the snow
Three friends linked by a tragic secret
One girl taken by the night
The Côte d’Azur – 25 years ago
One freezing night, as her campus is paralyzed by a snowstorm, 19-year-old Vinca Rockwell, the most beautiful and glamorous girl in her prep school, runs away with her philosophy teacher, with whom she has been conducting a secret affair. For Vinca, “love is everything or nothing.”
She will never be seen again.
The Côte d’Azur – Present day
Once inseparable, Manon, Thomas, and Maxime — Vinca’s best friends — have not spoken since graduation. They meet again at their reunion. Twenty-five years earlier, under terrible circumstances, the three of them committed a murder and buried the body in the gymnasium wall, the same wall that is about to be demolished to make way for an ultramodern new building.
What really happened that long-ago winter night? Now nothing stands in the way of the truth coming out.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
The events of 25 years ago are going to come crumbling down around three former graduates at the reunion to celebrate part of the old uni building being knocked down and the erection of a new replacement. Manon, Thomas, and Maxine know all too well that inside the soon to be demolished Gym wall there is the body of one of their teachers, who had been thought to have run off with a student that went missing the same night. The night had left so many unanswered questions and with this being the last chance to fill in some of the missing links, a good time to finally work out the truth.
Thomas had been totally besotted with Vinca, a young lady that knew how to use her beauty and other people to her best advantage. When she tells Thomas that a teacher had raped her and that she was pregnant he swears revenge. When he returns she has gone. The investigation into the missing pupil and teacher never really took off as it had been assumed that they had run away together.
This is a mighty ball of knotted wool that has to be tackled one bit at a time, a game of patience. Thomas had never felt guilty about his part in events that night, not at the time but having everyone together again had to possibility of closure for doing the right thing. There was something that just hadn’t felt right though.
I really needed to keep focused on this ever emerging story that changed and took on a new perspective at every chapter. Thomas had only scratched the surface of the truth that night. Only knowing a small part of the events that had lead up to that fatal moment for him and after. It is at times strange reading it. Events couldn’t be changed but would all the pieces be there before the big unexpected reveal in the gym wall?
It is a story that once you begin you have to finish, I never thought it would be so huge. A clever story and unpredictable.
I wish to thank NetGalley for an e-copy of this book which I have honestly reviewed.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Guillaume Musso was the number one bestselling author in France in 2011 and 2012. Born in 1974 on the Cote d’Azur, he knew from an early age that he wanted to write novels and to touch the largest possible number of people.
In 2004, ‘AFTERWARDS’ was published in France by XO Editions and was an immediate bestseller and established a loyal following for his unique brand of storytelling which blends romance, adventure, suspense and the supernatural. It was later made into a film starring John Malkovich, Evangeline Lily, and Romain Duris.
Since then, with every one of the six novels which have followed, his loyal readership has grown significantly, making him the most widely-read author writing in French today. His stories have universal central themes: missed opportunities, second chances, the passage of time, lost love and redemption.
Cop drama’WHERE WOULD I BE WITHOUT YOU?’ and romantic thriller ‘THE GIRL ON PAPER’ is now available for the first time in English published by Gallic.