Only just translated into English, Guilliaume Musso’s book ‘Where would I be without you?’ will keep most people enthralled from the beginning until the end.
Musso has sold a staggering eight million books in less than seven years and this latest book sold a million copies just in France.
Firstly I must say don’t be put off by the front cover, if I am being honest I don’t think it does the book any justice. The cover gives the impression that the story is going to be another predictable gushy love story but it is anything but. In fact the romance in it was a tiny part of the story although as will be revealed also a very important aspect.
Starting in San Francisco, we meet Martin, a French man using his short time there to improve his English. He falls in love with Gabrielle very quickly where they have a very brief love affair but then Martin returns to Paris, alone.
Fast forward thirteen years and the story takes on the role of a crime thriller and adventure as policeman Martin pursues the world famous art thief, Archibold McLean. I particularly loved being taken on a wonderful journey through Paris.
Inevitably Martin is drawn back to San Francisco where the plot thickens and he starts to wonder if the love of his life, Gabrielle, is somehow connected to his case.
There are some deep psychological aspects as both Martin and Gabrielle deal with the skeletons in their closets and I was left wanting to know more, especially about Martin.
Without giving anything away because this is probably the most unpredictable book I have ever read the twists and turns took me completely by surprise. In some ways it seemed totally implausible and not in keeping with the rest of the book but in the end it all makes sense. Sorry to be so vague but you have to read it to find out because I don’t want to spoil it for you.
I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be looking out for more books by the same author. I found the interview with Guillaume Musso at the end of the book very interesting and enlightening.
I was sent this book to review by Gallic Books
I will award this book 4 out of 5 cupcakes