Title: The Anomaly
Author: Herve Le Tellier
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Thriller & Mystery
Goodreads Rating: 3.85
In June 2021, a senseless event upends the lives of hundreds of men and women, all passengers on a flight from Paris to New York. Among them: Blake, a respectable family man, though he works as a contract killer; Slimboy, a Nigerian pop star tired of living a lie; Joanna, a formidable lawyer whose flaws have caught up with her; and Victor Miesel, a critically acclaimed yet commercially unsuccessful writer who suddenly becomes a cult hit. All of them believed they had double lives. None imagined just how true that was.
This witty variation on the doppelgänger theme, which takes us on a journey from Lagos and Mumbai to the White House, is Hervé Le Tellier’s most ambitious work yet.
I read this book as part of the Bert’s Book Club for September and was very intrigued by it. I was keen to see how the story played out and dive into a little bit of sci-fi.
At the start of the story we are introduced to many different characters and gain a little bit of their backstory. I found this part of the story a little slow to start as I was struggling to keep track of everyone but at the same time I wanted to know what role they each played in the duplicated plane.
As the second plane joins the story it becomes clear that each of the passengers on board has a choice to make and this will have a huge effect on the rest of their lives. Will David get the early cancer diagnosis he missed the first time round? Will Sophia reveal a secret that has been troubling her? Will Lucie and Andre make it this time?
I enjoyed aspects of this story but I found that the author only touched on the surface of some very interesting characters and I waned more from them. The science of it all and the religious aspect went completely over my head, I actually didn’t care how the plane had been duplicated I just wanted to see what the fall out of it was.
It was an interesting read and the book chat was very interesting but lacked in some areas for me.
How interesting. It’s so frustrating when a book like this doesn’t reach it’s full potential.. but I am intrigued.
Great review, Lucy, and thanks for sharing it!
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