I recently read The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau by Graeme Macrae Burnet. It’s a mystery, set in a town on the French/Swiss Border. The titular Adèle goes missing, and suspicious falls on the paranoid Manfred Baumann.
Mostly the story follows Manfred, as he obsesses over his actions around Adèle’s disappearance, and how they could be interpreted. His worries are shared with us throughout, but it never feels overwhelming or repetitive to read.
The other character we follow is Georges Gorski, the detective investigating Adèle’s disappearance. In classic style, Gorski is haunted by his failure to solve his first case - it sounds like a trope, but Gorski’s story feels unique, and melancholy.
I devoured this book over two days, which is not bad for me. I’ve already been recommending it to people around me. It was an engrossing and wonderful read.