The Stranger

by Melanie Raabe

***Publication date 9-October-2018***

 

Holy moly! This book kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish. It was  so well written, so dark and twisty. Spellbinding. I struggled to put it down.

First published in German, in 2016, it has recently been translated into English. Melanie Raabe introduces us to Sarah, a single mother at 37, whose husband disappeared on a trip to South America seven years prior. Seven years that Sarah has had to ponder her future without him, never losing hope nor declaring him dead. Seven years that Sarah has remained faithful to his memory. But when we meet Sarah, it seems that after seven years, it is time to move on.

We are slowly brought into Sarah’s seemingly ordered world. A world where she is a school teacher and her son, Leo, a bright, charming little boy. We meet Miriam and Martin, her best friend and husband. We meet coworkers Mirko, Claudia and Werner. Everything seems so even and normal in her life. Then the other shoe drops and Phillip, her missing husband, is found.

This should be a love story, right? Husband disappears, wife stays faithful, husband returns, happy ending like in a fairytale. Wrong. Once Phillip returns things seem to spiral out of control for Sarah. This is where the story gets really interesting. The way that Raabe weaves this masterful thriller is mesmerizing. I was left wondering until the very end. No shortage of surprises and turns throughout this novel. 

We are lucky that Imogen Taylor did a beautiful translation of this story. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to read this book. It was a page turner that kept me up late to finish. 

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