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.
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.