La Disparition de Stephanie Mailer

[La Disparition de Stephanie Mailer]
Editions de Fallois
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Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
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Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
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On the night of July 30, 1994, the peaceful townspeople of Orphea in the Hamptons region attends the grand opening of the theater festival. But the mayor arrives late…

Meanwhile, a man walks through the empty streets looking for his wife, until he finds her corpse in front of the mayor’s house. Inside, the entire family has been murdered. Jesse Rosenberg and Derek Scott, two young policemen from New York, solve the case. But twenty years later, at Rosenberg’s retirement ceremony, a journalist reproaches him: she alleges that he and his colleague mistakenly identified the assassin, despite the fact that one proof was before their eyes, and affirms that she possesses key information. Days after, the journalist disappears. Thus begins the thriller, which progresses in the past and present at a dizzying pace, adding frames, characters, surprises and twists, leading the reader towards the outcome.

It is a detective novel of intrigue and suspense. The characters are somewhat plain: their motivations are money, sex and power. The plot is interesting, although somewhat sordid, because of the multiple murders that open the story. The author reveals the events that occurred in 1994 through flashbacks and narrates those of the present along with the stories of various characters. The narrative plays with emotions, feelings and the surprise factor.

Author: Maria Auba, Spain
Update on: May 2019