The Disappearance of Stephanie Mailer – Joel Dicker


In the summer of 1994, the quiet seaside town of Orphea reels from the discovery of four murders. 

Two young police officers, Jesse Rosenberg and Derek Scott crack the case and identify the killer.

Then, twenty years later and just as he is on the point of taking early retirement, Rosenberg is approached by Stephanie Mailer, a journalist who believes he made a mistake back in 1994 and that the real murderer is still out there, perhaps ready to strike again. But before she can give any more details, Stephanie Mailer mysteriously disappears, and Rosenberg and Scott are forced to confront the possibility that her suspicions might have been proved true.

What happened to Stephanie Mailer?

What did she know?

And what really happened in Orphea all those years ago?


This review was a tricky one to write. I’m not sure what it was about this book that didn’t wow me as it bad all the elements of a fantastic book. It might have been because I loved ‘The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair’ SO MUCH, or that I read this one in more of a hurry on my kindle and didn’t give it as much attention as it deserved. I’m not sure.

I didn’t love it, I didn’t hate it. I felt a little let down by it but it probably is still a 3 star rating out of 5. Which when 2.5 is average, is not bad at all!

I felt it dipped a lot in the middle and the conclusion wasn’t as satisfying as I’d have hoped for, especially with a book of its size! It didn’t have me gripped the whole way through, page turning to know what happened…

I did however really love all the characters and felt like I ‘got’ them. I was invested in their individual storylines, albeit some elements I felt were slightly drawn out.

I don’t want to say too much more and accidentally ruin the story for anyone who hasn’t read this one and by all means don’t want to stop anyone from picking this book up, it might be in your top 10 books of 2021!

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s