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?
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?
This elegant crime mystery shimmers as delicately as the paintings of Claude Monet that lie at its heart . . . A bestseller in France, it is a dazzling, unexpected and haunting masterpiece - DAILY MAIL on BLACK WATER LILIES
Bussi cleverly breaks all the perceived rules of plotting in a story containing riddles within riddles . . . stunning - DAILY EXPRESS on BLACK WATER LILIES
Bussi's portrait of the difficulties of investigating a closed community is fascinating, and the novel ends with one of the most reverberating shocks in modern crime fiction - SUNDAY TIMES on BLACK WATER LILIES
As accomplished a piece of work as its predecessor (AFTER THE CRASH) with the details of the slowly unfolding mystery exerting a mesmerising effect' - CRIME SCENE on BLACK WATER LILIES
A novel so extraordinary that it reminded me of reading Steig Larsson for the very first time . . . Bussi breaks every rule in the book, but I doubt I'll read a more brilliant crime novel this year - Sunday Times on AFTER THE CRASH
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.