Could Joël Dicker’s “The Alaska Sanders Affair” Be The Most Boring Book Of The Year?

After “The Enigma of Room 622,” Joël Dicker tops the bestseller rankings with his brand new book, drawing a sequel to “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.” A book that deeply irritated the critics of “Masque & la Plume”… Here’s why.

Cover of Joël Dicker’s brand new novel “The Alaska Sanders Affair” (2022) © Rosie & Wofe Éditions

The book summarized by Jérôme Garcin

A novel of nearly 600 pages, printed in 600,000 copies, which is the chronological continuation of “The Truth About Harry Quebert” – “The Book of Baltimore”, which has already been published, being the last part of the trilogy.

In April 1999, the body of Alaska Sanders, a 22-year-old beauty queen who worked at a gas station, was found on the edge of a lake in an American city. The investigation closed, closed. The killer and lover from Alaska had committed suicide and his accomplice was behind bars. It is 11 years later that the case flares up again when the police sergeant who had cleared up the crime receives an anonymous letter stating that the perpetrator and his accomplice are innocent. The writer Marcus Goldman, the world famous author of “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair” will help the sergeant, his friend, to solve the mystery.

Dicker’s Sixth Thriller and Number One Seller

Nelly Kapriélan: “an agreed book, full of clichés”

The critique of Inrocks very ironically laments the literary structure of Joël Dicker’s novels with which he always succeeds in making his books best-sellers where, as this is an example, everything is simplistic, conventional and fed by clichés.

“Thanks to him I’m going to get rich; if you want to write a bestseller, you absolutely have to follow what he does…

There are totally absurd formulations, a bit grotesque. Other than that, it’s the magic cauldron of Harry Potter: it has all the codes of TV series and thrillers written by others… Everything is agreed, with all the clichés

If you read a book to keep yourself in suspense, you should read it, but if you want something else, no, it’s not the book you should read at all…”

Jean-Claude Raspiengeas doesn’t even know “which way to go…”

La Croix’s critic has often found himself alone in defending the author for his previous books, until this week, in which he admits to undergoing a real examination of conscience… As this book poses a real mystery this time, according to him, which manages to establish itself as a new bestseller, avoid at all costs…

I don’t even know which way to go. There’s nothing to save, nothing holds…

These flashback systems, we don’t understand anything… But most of all, what scared me off and this is the subject of my soul-searching, it’s the language, the style, the dialogues, the situations are unbelievable and needy… In my memory the others were written a little better.

It definitely doesn’t stop. It’s a school suitcase and it’s at the top of the bestsellers

Apparently he sells 25,000 a week. The question it raises is why do readers rush to read this kind of literature? It’s a real mystery… if there are so many masterpieces in the libraries, reach them and that would do them so much more good than reading this…”

Olivia de Lamberterie was deeply bored…

For the journalist and literary critic of “Elle” magazine, the book is so shabby that she went through every possible negative state; bored, angry and deeply unhappy after closing a book whose author does not master the rules of the imperfect and simple past…

It’s written at the speed of a neurasthenic snail and it’s agreed

The characters have so little flesh, are so little described and embodied…

As for the style, he is a boy who absolutely does not know the concordance of the times; which is still the BA BA. In primary school we learn the articulation between the imperfect and the past simple…

If we removed the meaningless sentences, we would easily reach 50 pages

According to Arnaud Viviant, “the author owes his success to the systematic plagiarism he makes of Philip Roth’s style”…

To begin with, Arnaud was annoyed that he hadn’t even received the book in PDF format, even though there were no more books available from the publisher at the time of his request. Don’t worry, that didn’t stop him from sharing this theory he’s had about Joël Dicker’s style for a long time…

“The first had offended me and it seems, from what I hear, to use the same recipe… That is essentially the thing that was decisive in the success of Joël Dicker? C he is the publisher Bernard de Fallois , a immense Proustian venerated by all, a scholar like no other french-globish… That’s how it was widely acclaimed from the beginning, when it was a plagiarism of the last great novelist of the 20th centuryPhilip Roth, from which he took all the elements to make some disgusting “fake” marketing… It’s crazy how it can get to this”.

The book

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“The Alaska Sanders Affair” by Joël Dicker

By Jerome Garcin

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