L'Énigme de la chambre 622

[L'Énigme de la chambre 622]
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A young author, Jöel Dicker, is left desolate and professionally stuck by the recent death of his publisher. His love life is not going well either. Therefore, following the advice of his assistant, he takes a break in a hotel in the mountains.  On the same floor one can see that room 621 is followed by room 621- a repeat, and next to it room 623. Why is there not room 622? His curiosity brings him to investigate, with the assistance of another mysterious tourist, events which occurred in the hotel 15 years prior. 

This latest novel by JöelDicker has a surprising profile. In this story, the narrator is the author himself. Similar to his past novels (The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, for example) he deconstructs the story, making leaps in time during the narration, sometimes without warning, maintaining the tension of the novel, especially in its very surprising ending. The novel is written for all audiences, but will be better understood by adults. There is a love story with adultery but no disturbing details.

Author: Javier Barbés, Spain
Update on: Aug 2020