14,424 book reviews and counting...

The Disappearing Act Reviews

The Disappearing Act by Florence de Changy

The Disappearing Act: The Impossible Case of MH370

Florence de Changy

Score pending

2 reviews

Imprint: Mudlark
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 4 Feb 2021
ISBN: 9780008381530
5 stars out of 5
Marcus Berkmann
25 Mar 2021

"De Changy writes with great wit and a constant bubbling pool of rage"

The details of what happened were reconstituted by trial and error, and ‘assembled like a jigsaw puzzle over subsequent weeks, months and years, in the light of information that was released in dribs and drabs, for the most part diluted in an ocean of false or inaccurate data’. This is a long book, but there’s no padding. De Changy is a remarkably thorough researcher who clearly became as fixated with the case as any of the MH370 obsessives she met via the internet. People often say that non-fiction books read like fast-moving thrillers, but this one genuinely does.

Reviews

5 stars out of 5
24 Feb 2021

"eerie yet brilliant"

On 8 March 2014 Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 took off from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and then disappeared. In the days that followed, the journalist Florence de Changy, then writing for Le Monde, was sent to Malaysia to cover the incident. Immediately she witnessed an alarming mix of misleading statements and insensitivity towards the passengers’ families; the investigation was clearly overwhelming officials. In this eerie yet brilliant work of investigative journalism, de Changy pieces together the truth behind the greatest mystery in the history of modern aviation.