A Deadly Struggle Begins “After The Crash”

After The Crash had a singular plot: to learn the identity of a baby who was the lone survivor of a plane crash. Apparently two female infants were on a plane that crashed and their similarities made it impossible to determine who survived. Was it Lyse-Rose from a wealthy family, or Emilie from a household of modest means? Dubbed, Lylie, the girl became a combination of both infants and continued to be shrouded in mystery for the next eighteen years until a Detective uncovered the truth. 

By having this novel take place in 1980, a world without Facebook, iPhones, or any other accessible device to help document the infants, it was plausible that nothing existed to help immediately identify the infant. Each family was from very different circumstances, which made accurately identifying the infant even more important. The wealthy family hired an investigator and paid him handsomely to devote his life to figuring out who that baby really was. In the first few pages the investigators explained that he solved the mystery. He then detailed his eighteen year search and resolution in a diary that was read throughout the novel by another character.

When relatives of both families stated that the girl was theirs, a legal battle began which hinged on less than credible evidence. Each chapter was devoted to another interesting detail used to show whether Lylie was Lyse-Rose or Emilie. Things such as her eyes color, outfit, bracelet, and her DNA suddenly had a great impact. All were tied to reasons for or against the child belonging to a certain family. The families were reminiscent of the Montages and the Capulets as they began to fight with each other almost immediately once they discovered another family claimed the child belonged to them.

This was set in Europe and included social, historical, or political aspects that were very unique. There were many references to locales around Paris that brought an elegant aspect to this story. I was intrigued to see who the girl really was, but didn’t find myself especially eager for her to be one girl over another. Overall, this was a good mystery that was enhanced by the deep resentment between the families that made this a gripping drama.




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