Review The disappearance of Stephanie Mailer – Joël Dicker
The book ‘The disappearance of Stephanie Mailer’ starts with Jesse Rosenberg celebrating his going away party at the police station. He has decided that he wants to do something else with his life, something he has thought of for years. Now it’s time to say goodbye to his old job. He gets lots of compliments from all the big bosses. They call him the 100% man, meaning that he finished each and every case with a grade of 100 %.
There is one person at the party, however, who disagrees. She tells him his very first case has never been solved. The person he arrested was not the perp, somewhere someone is still living a free life, while being a murderer. He doesn’t believe her and gets angry. But when Stephanie Mailer disappears he rethinks her theory. What did she know that he didn’t and was she right? He visits his old colleague and friend and they both decide to re-open this old case.
Twenty years ago
It all happened 20 years ago, on July 30, 1994, when the new theatre was opened. The mayor of the town and his family, was murdered. Soon after they found the murderer, but during his arrest he was killed. Case closed. Now, exactly 20 years later they re-open the case and with this a whole can of worms is opened as well.
We get to know the characters’ personal lives page by page. It reads like a thrilling novel. Slowly everything comes together. But til the very last page we still don’t know who the murderer was and is… The hardcover book of 633 pages is hard to put down. It took me about a week to finish, but I couldn’t get it out of my mind. Very well written with so many twists to the story, I felt a little bereft when I finished it.
Fortunately the author Joël Dicker wrote more books. He was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied law. When he started to write, his first novel got him so many prizes, all his other books were translated into 30 different languages as well. Please check him out! You won’t regret it.