Time is a Killer
From the bestselling author of After the Crash
By Michel Bussi
In the summer of 1989, a car crashes off a mountain road in Corsica. Clotilde, fifteen years old, is the only survivor. In 2016 she returns to Corsica to exorcise the ghosts of the past. But while she is there, she receives a letter signed by her mother. Is she still alive?
'One of France's most ingenious crime writers' SUNDAY TIMES
'Bussi breaks every rule in the book' JOAN SMITH
It is summer 1989 and fifteen-year-old Clotilde is on holiday with her parents in Corsica. On a twisty mountain road, their car comes off at a curve and plunges into a ravine. Only Clotilde survives.
Twenty-seven years later, she returns to Corsica with her husband and their sulky teenage daughter. Clotilde wants the trip to do two things - to help exorcise her past, and to build a bridge between her and her daughter. But in the very place where she spent that summer all those years ago, she receives a letter. From her mother. As if she were still alive.
As fragments of memory come back, Clotilde begins to question the past. And yet it all seems impossible - she saw the corpses of her mother, her father, her brother. She has lived with their ghosts. But then who sent this letter - and why?
'Combines an extraordinarily inventive plot with characters haunted by long ago events' SUNDAY TIMES CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH
Michel Bussi is the author of the bestsellers AFTER THE CRASH and BLACK WATER LILIES, both of which were Waterstones Thriller of the Month. In France, where he has published ten novels, he is the second bestselling author overall, with over a million novels sold in 2016 alone, and he has won over sixteen literary awards. When not writing fiction, he is a Professor of Geography at the University of Rouen.
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05 Apr 2018
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27 years after a horrendous crash that killed her parents and brother, Clotilde returns to Corsica with her own family - where she receives a letter from mother mother, as it she were still alive today. — GRAZIA
combines an extraordinarily inventive plot with characters haunted by long-ago events - and demonstrates why he has such a hold on readers. — SUNDAY TIMES