The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau
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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.
Prizes and awards
Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award
Waverton Good Read Award, Longlisted
REVIEWS OF The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau
"A strikingly singular talent, Burnet blends a gripping story with compelling characters and surprising sweeps of the imagination. This is an accomplished, elegantly written and exciting first novel." - Will Mackie, Booktrust.
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'This psychological thriller is the Scottish answer to the Scandinavian crime wave.' - Leila Cruickshank, Scottish Booktrust Summer Sizzlers
'Intelligent and stylish.' - Jen Bowden, The List Read more
'Burnet skilfully knits together a solid detective story and a compelling character study to make a captivating psychological thriller.... Very accessible and thoroughly satisfying.' - Alastair Mabbott, The Herald Read more
'A deeply atmospheric read. Of all the notable achievements in The Disappearance of Adèle Bedeau the most outstanding is the style of the storytelling. In Graeme Macrae Burnet, we have a refreshing new storyteller, one who presents his morbidly interestingly tales in a most assured and riveting fashion.' - Scottish Books Read more