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The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair [Kindle Edition]

Joël Dicker , Sam Taylor
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)

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Book Description

August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.



That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.



Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted protégé - throws off his writer's block to clear his mentor's name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of 'The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America'.



But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.


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'An intricate murder mystery that could be the read of the summer' Sunday Times. 'It's like Twin Peaks meets Atonement meets In Cold Blood - the French thriller everyone is talking about' Gaby Wood, Daily Telegraph. 'A smart, immensely readable, impressively plotted page-turner ... A tour de force, this seems set to be a huge success' Metro. 'The tale is expertly told, as unreliable information dances with necessary plot shifts and unexpected moments of catastrophe. An accomplished thriller' Independent. 'Spellbinding ... a top-class literary thriller ... It is maddeningly, deliciously impossible to guess the truth' The Times. 'Dicker has the first-rate crime novelist's ability to lead his readers up the garden path ... An excellent story' Sunday Express. 'A global phenomenon' Le Monde. 'All the ingredients of a world bestseller' Die Zeit. 'A great noir' Corriere della Sera.

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August 30, 1975.
The day of the disappearance.
The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.
That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from the grounds of his seaside home at Goose Cove, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted protégé - throws off his writer's block and heads to New Hampshire to clear his mentor's name. Befriending the locals in sleepy Somerset, he learns that Harry's is not the only dark tale to be told. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one, and as Marcus' book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of 'The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America.' But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.
Joël Dicker's phenomenal European bestseller is a great American novel in all but authorship: a thrillingly intricate crime story, a hymn to the boundless reaches of the imagination, and a love story like no other. Nothing you have read before can prepare you for the truth about the Harry Quebert affair.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1059 KB
  • Print Length: 657 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143126687
  • Publisher: MacLehose Press (30 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.ŗ r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ELIF0WK
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (465 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Like Marcus Goldman in The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, JOËL DICKER has also found success and fame as a writer. Unlike Marcus, Joël had four novels rejected before he was able to find his first publisher.

28-year-old Dicker from Geneva has spent the last year on a whirlwind world tour as his novel has found global success everywhere from Israel to South Korea. Joël's writing career started aged 9 when he founded a nature magazine for which he was named "Switzerland's youngest editor-in-chief." At 25 he was awarded the Prix des Ecrivains Genevois for his unpublished novel Les Derniers Jours de Nos Pères (The Final Days of our Fathers) and while waiting for this novel to be published he wrote his first American novel, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair.

That Dicker chose to set the novel in America is hardly surprising - it's a place he knows well. As a child he spent every summer with cousins in Maine, New England. The idea for the book came on a trip to New Hampshire when a solitary house on the ocean front caught his eye. He drew a sketch of the house to remember it. Months later, he found the sketch in a drawer and the idea for the book grew from there.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical murder mystery 12 Jun. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The Truth about the Harry Quebert affair was recommended to me by a friend, and it certainly didn't disappoint. The style is unusual and very clever - it's a classic murder mystery at heart, but is written as a book about someone writing a a book about someone who wrote a book (book-ception?). The main character and voice of the book is highly likeable, and the various twists and turns definitely kept me guessing as to whodunnit - I can normally predict the ending, but I didn't guess this one! I also liked the fact that my opinion of the main characters evolved as I read the book and as new details emerged.

If you want a quick and easy holiday read, beware that it is fairly lengthy (my big issue problem with reading on a Kindle is that you can't immediately see how fat the book you've just ordered is!) but the story kept me engaged throughout and was well worth the time investment.

Loved it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Smart crime and punishment 21 July 2014
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I read some of this book in the original French and some in English. As an exercise in vocabulary development of the former it could be described as useful. As a novel or creative endeavour I found it wanting. If you like your novels slick and smart as a frothy cappuccino then look no further; this is a cleverly constructed whodunit,no argument. If on the other hand you seek more substantial fare then look elsewhere.Dostoevsky this is not. It does not come close to Donna Tartt or Henning Mankel. For me it lacked any serious content or literary soul.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Review of an audiobook version.

I wouldn't have noticed this but for the Richard and Judy list, and I was glad I gave this a go. Even on audiobook (20+ discs) I found this easy to listen to and got caught up in the intrigue and central mystery.

Three decades ago, Nola went missing. Now she's been found, dug up in a famous author's garden, with an original manuscript of his masterpiece buried with her. Harry Quebert, the author, who was in love with Nola in 1975l though twenty years her senior, is the only suspect.

And so begins a media frenzy. At the centre of which is Marcus Goldman who soon appears to be our main character, and whose story rivals Harry's own - a famous writer himself now, hailed for his debut he is stuck on what to write next. We discover that his second book, all about precisely this situation, is destined to be an even bigger seller. So with the knowledge that Marcus is going to write about Harry and Nola's murder, we travel with him to both his 'present' as he tries to investigate (with some very reluctant police assistance) as well as to his past, as we learn how he first met Harry.

Several plots in one contend for supremacy, but even on audiobook I found it fairly simple to follow, which surprised me. I loved Marcus's backstory, and I felt just as I did when watching The Killing as every suspect I thought of, I ended up discounting. The solution was one I couldn't have guessed - bet you can't either, and there were a few twists that I was pretty impressed by - didn't see THAT coming!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Girl, Gone 26 Jun. 2015
By Jim Noy
Format:Paperback
A bit like having a bunch of city-folk descending on your quiet Cotswolds village with their braying laughter, foreign cigarettes and pastel polo shirts, Joel Dicker’s debt novel The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is showing literary types the delights of crime fiction in a manner due to irritate those of us who reside here quite merrily already.

A seemingly-perfect New Hampshire town – friendly police, diner that gives credit, volunteer librarian – with darkness teeming below the surface is rather more the purview of Linwood Barclay and his ilk than anyone usually discussed on Radio 4 (I mean, they don’t even play music; that means they must be serious). For all the accolades being poured upon this, it’s little more than a potboiler with 300 pages of context tagged on the front (I’d love to know what someone would make of this by just starting at the beginning of Part 2 – I get the impression it would still make sense, and be a better book for being so much faster). Not so much Harlan Coben as Harlan Slowburn.

However, when you do eventually get to the plot it is very well-constructed in places and has some rather fabulous revelations and reversals in the final stretch. The characters are distinct enough and their various overlapping plots clear enough that it’s easy to keep everything straight for 600+ pages, but if you’ve read any of this kind of thing before (and you probably have) it’s not going to distinguish itself in your memory a few weeks after you’re done. I found it an astonishingly easy read, too, and have a feeling that some of the credit for that should go to Sam Taylor and his keen translator’s eye and ear for speech patterns and simple phrasing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This book has had rave reviews all over Europe, and had been on my “must read” list for some time. I have to admit that I was not aware when I bought the book that it had been translated from the original French (?). When reading books not originally written in English, I often find that the translation is stilted and aims more for an exact word-for-word translation of the original rather than concentrating on the plot, story or contemporary English phrasing. After becoming accustomed to the translator’s style in this book, though (maybe a couple of pages), I found that the style was far more relaxed, nuanced and vernacular. There was the odd sentence that could have been better phrased, but I found that a rare occurrence.

Anyway, the book itself is fabulous. Characterisation is excellent, and whilst nobody comes out of the story 100% likeable, surely that is a reflection of real life rather than a failing on the author’s part. I also enjoyed the idea behind the book, of a writer struggling for inspiration and under pressure from his publisher becoming caught up in a life-changing event which leads him to a potentially best-selling book.

The plot moves along nicely – although this is a relatively long book for a novel, there is very little “filler”, the story grabbed me from the start and I found the further I became involved in the lives of Marcus Goldman (the supposed author of the book), Harry Quebert, and the other characters, the more they came alive and led to my wanting to know more.

I have given this review five stars, but in reality I don’t think this book quite meets that standard (it’s definitely worth more than 4 stars though - I would give it about 4 ĺ if I could).
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