Why You Will Become Obsessed with This Bestselling French Novelist

Central Park by Guillaume Musso Book Cover

If you haven’t heard of Guillaume Musso yet, you are in for quite a treat, as several of his latest books are being published in the US for the first time. A little background on this beloved French author: Guillaume Musso is a bestselling French novelist whose suspense thrillers, intricately plotted crime novels, and engaging mysteries are some of the most popular books in France. He’s written over a dozen novels, which have been translated into more than twenty languages, and sold millions of copies around the world.

After graduating from high school in France, Musso traveled to the US, where he spent several months in New York City, working as an ice cream vendor and living with other youth from all over the world. His experiences there had a big influence on him as a novelist. US readers (and especially New Yorkers) will recognize many of the settings in his latest novel, which takes place in the city. Though if you’re hoping for a novel to transport you to France, never fear. Musso also writes beautifully about his native country.

Though Musso’s books are beloved in France and have been widely translated, it’s only recently that they’ve become available in English. The Reunion, a dark thriller about an elite prep school on the French Rivera, was published in 2019. Central Park, a mystery about a Parisian cop who wakes up on a park bench in New York with no memory of how she got there, will be available on March 16, 2021.

If you’re ready to fall in love with a new crime author, you’re going to want to pick up Musso’s two translated works. But prepare yourself for a bit of frustration (unless you’re fluent in French). While French speakers have an extensive backlist of Musso’s books to enjoy, the rest of us will have to make do with these two gems while waiting for more English translations to come out.