Thank you so much Sky Horse Publishing for sending me a copy of this book! I wasn’t too sure how I would feel about this book as we all know I don’t love psychological thrillers that much, but as slow paced as it was at times I actually enjoyed this story a good amount and thought it was a decent read. I rate this 3/5 stars!
Manfred Baumann is a loner. Socially awkward and perpetually ill at ease, he spends his evenings quietly drinking and surreptitiously observing Adèle Bedeau, the sullen but alluring waitress at a drab bistro in the unremarkable small French town of Saint-Louis. But one day, she simply vanishes into thin air. When Georges Gorski, a detective haunted by his failure to solve one of his first murder cases, is called in to investigate the girl’s disappearance, Manfred’s repressed world is shaken to its core and he is forced to confront the dark secrets of his past. ‘The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau’ is a literary mystery novel that is, at heart, an engrossing psychological portrayal of an outsider pushed to the limit by his own feverish imagination.
Manfred was a very interesting character, dealing with the social awkwardness of every day interactions, being a total loner, and yet in some way wanting to be included around others. He was at times likable and at other times really odd and creepy. I wondered the whole book whether Manfred was actually apart of Adele’s disappearance or if he was just a victim of circumstance. The detective on this case was also a questionable fellow. There were many times that even though we knew Manfred was sort of odd, I was also left wondering just what sort of man Gorski was as well.
The overall story itself was slow, but I did enjoy the setting of a small town in France and the little bits of back story that made these characters more intricate. I felt the writing was very well done and built the story in a good way.
A good book with just enough intrigue, it’s the perfect read for a cold, quiet day!