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The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair [Kindle Edition]

JoŽl Dicker , Sam Taylor
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)

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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 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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  • 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,226 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining! 16 July 2014
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The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, by JoŽl Dicker is an international, award-winning bestseller and was the European publishing sensation of 2013, when it sold a million copies in France, and knocked Dan Brown’s “Inferno” off the top of Europe’s bestseller lists. It was published in the United States on May 27th 2014, and was one of the biggest original acquisitions in the history of Penguin Books.

It has been translated from the original French into 32 languages, and has been called “the cleverest, creepiest book you’ll read this year”–I wholeheartedly agreed with that statement; there were several nights when I had to stop reading because I was wondering what was lurking in the shadows! The book has been compared to “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, and the television series “Twin Peaks”.

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair kept me guessing right up to the end; anyone could have been the murderer. There are two stories running through the book: first is the murder mystery and second is the friendship between Marcus Goldman and his mentor, Harry Quebert. Harry is accused of murdering 15 year old Nola Kellergan, who has been dead for 33 years. Marcus is determined to clear Harry’s name, but he opens a literal Pandora’s box of secrets where nothing is as it seems.

The characters were well drawn, and I particularly liked the friendship between Harry and Marcus. My only quibble is that it was a little too long at 657 pages. However, there are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader entertained: highly recommended.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I was really looking forward to this book, I thought the premise was good: a successful author struggling with his second book comes to the rescue of his friend and mentor, Harry Quebert. Harry is accused of the murder of a 15 year old girl whom he is in love with. The body of the girl was discovered in Harry's back garden 33 years after she went missing.

Unfortunately the book did not live up to the premise. The writing is appalling. At first I thought something had maybe been lost in translation, but I don't think everything can be blamed on the translator.

There is no depth to any of the characters. You should really be shocked that a 15 year old girl has been brutally murdered and her body lost for 33 years, but because you know nothing about the girl except, 'she likes dancing on the beach and feeding seagulls', you really don't care one jot.

The dialogue is childish in the extreme. The scenes with Marcus' mother are nothing short of embarrassing and if they are meant as a joke; fail miserably.

There is a character who has been badly disfigured and instead of telling the reader that he has a speech impediment and allowing the reader to use his imagination, the author writes his speeches throughout the book phonetically. It is cringeworthy. I could not read them. Having to skim over them all just to be able to get the gist of what he was saying.

Marcus decides to investigate the murder himself, so he can clear Harry's name. The police very kindly let him get on with it. Giving him access to all kinds of evidence and in the end they join his investigation.

There are so many twists in the book that when you get to the final one you really have lost the will to live and just want the book to end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars utterly bad. Words 29 Sep 2014
When this book was talked about on Radio 4's 'Front Row' I found the plot line intriguing and thought it sounded promising. I decided to read it in French, being bilingual, especially as some of the Amazon reviews talked about 'stilted language'. After all a lot depends on the translation.
All I can say is, I really felt sorry for the translator. This is unbelievably, utterly bad. Words, in fact, fail me. Puerile, repetitive, idiotic. I kept on till the end though and heaved a huge sigh of relief. Such a waste of time!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Honestly the worst book I have ever read. 2 Nov 2014
By Donald
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This is the first review I have ever written. I am compelled to do so after reading the worst book I have ever read. Ever. A badly written book about a badly written book about a badly written book. Somewhere amongst all of these bad books there is a ludicrous double (or is it triple), murder plot although you'd be forgiven for forgetting this since only one of the two (or three) murders gets any attention at all. The dialogue is banal beyond belief and the relationships between characters are so shallow that you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the work of an infant.

The author makes a stab at some humour in the way he describes the relationships between the main character, his mother and his police detective "right hand man". This, however, fails miserably by not being in the slightest bit amusing, being totally out of place with the rest of the story and by relying on cringeworthy, worn out stereotypes. Perhaps he got his comedy ideas by misunderstanding a bad 1970's American sit-com.

Don't get me started on the story of the "grotesque" chauffeur, the possessed, evil, psychotic girl (who is also somehow the perfect beautiful and loving heroine), or the boring, teenaged drivel about "Marcus the Magnificent" and his blossoming relationship with his boxing partner come teacher come literary god.

In addition to being bad, this book is LONG. Notwithstanding all of it's flaws, there is simply no need for it to be this long. The story is slowly drawn out for as long as possible by everybody cunningly lying about everything over and over again. Then presumably when even the author himself has got bored almost to death of his book, he wraps it up by suddenly having everyone start to tell the truth.
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