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The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair [Kindle Edition]

Joël Dicker , Sam Taylor
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,350 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars false hope 3 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
i had great hopes of this book. the basic outline was promising. but unfortunately the writing does not live up to the plot. this book needs merciless editing. tje plot meanders and twists repetitively, every time resolution is near, a completely random event or discovery sets the story off in a new direction. the writing is clunky,
the exchanges betwee the two main characters frankly unbelievable. the "wisdom" relayed from senior to junior writer is cliched and uninspiring. i got the sense that there was an attempt to pose these comments as some kind of meta-commentary on the story as it unfolded, trying something clever but failing because the writing is just so bad. i read til the bitter end and was relieved when that end came. there are intriguing ideas about storytelling and authorship here, but they need a more elegant wordsmith to do them justice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The single worst book I've ever read 28 Jan. 2015
Format:Hardcover
First things first: this is a truly terrible book. It's so bad, there were times during the reading of it that I almost convinced myself it was done on purpose. That the ludicrous plot, the abysmal stereotypical characters, the nonsensical and, frankly, insulting dialogue, and the twists and turns as the story ambled to its long overdue close, were constructs of a writer who was trying to pastiche all of those things.

However, this is not the case. It's just a really bad story, written really badly, and chock-full of cliches, eye-rolling 'twists' and a cowardly central conceit that the author glosses over.

The main character, Marcus, is a complete wanker and Harry Quebert is a predatory paedophile who takes advantage of an abused 15 year old girl with serious mental health issues. When you start from there you'd think the only way is up in terms of characterisation, but there isn't a single person in the book who is just normal or decent.

They're all cheats, liars, thieves, burglars, rapists, paedophiles, druggies, murderers, mendacious thugs or just downright corrupt. The attempts to gloss over the child abuse aspects of the book by presenting it as an 'affair' or 'love' are just reprehensible. There's not much worse in life than children being set upon by sexual predators who we're then asked to feel sympathy for because they've convinced themselves what they're doing is a romance for the ages.

Well, I say that, but there are some things worse: this book being one of them.

I've read hundreds and thousands of books in my life. Some very good, some very bad, but this is by far the worst. I'm at an age where if a book is as bad as this then I put it down, but this was so astonishingly woeful I had to keep going to the end.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't do it 23 July 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was our book club choice and I don't like thrillers. But I really should not have worried as there were no features of the traditional thriller - complicated plots encumbered with a myriad of possible suspects, interspersed with violent scenes of graphic intensity. Just the same far-retched (that should be far fetched or maybe not) unbelievable story, repeated so many times that I lost count - the author actually bullet pointed the events twice which I found deeply insulting. The writing is clumsy and uses many literary references to try to prove its credentials. Never again Joel Dicker.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype! 20 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
I have just finished reading The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker ... and really wish I hadn't. For some utterly unfathomable reason it's a best-selling sensation across Europe with over 2 million sales, all of which goes to show how important effective marketing can be because I was sucked into it like everyone else. It's unspeakably awful ... and over 600 pages long just to rub salt into the wound. An editor worthy of the name would have cut at least 150 pages of extraneous, repetitive material and another 150 pages of the sort of sickly, gloopy dialogue which would leave the average lovesick teenager vomiting into the kitchen sink. The sole reason for continuing, apart from sheer masochistic determination to see it through, is a plot which is intriguing enough in the early stages and promises a great deal, only to dissolve into a series of ridiculous coincidences and utterly implausible interventions that defy all logic. It's as if the author has overdosed on the mantra that you should always have a late twist, a sting in the tail that takes the reader by surprise. The last 50 pages here are staggering - one of the characters actually says 'I don't believe it' and I can't possibly be the only person tempted to scream 'you're not the only one'. This has been the most sickening waste of valuable reading time. Utter rubbish. All hype and zero substance.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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Published 6 days ago by k mawer
5.0 out of 5 stars A cliche ........but I couldn't put the amazon fire.down
What a look to start e reading with. Always in my pocket, taking un predicted twists
I will be looking for .more books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
This is a great book with plenty of twists to keep you gripped all the way through to the end.
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fantastic read the plot just twists and turns and takes you with it.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Way too long
The first 90% of this book is at least twice as long as it needs to be. The final 10% rattles along quite nicely and contains some neat twists. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent quality - as new. Additional bonus was that it was a first edition signed by the author. It was also a fantastic read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars All plot and no personality
There are some good reviews in the press about this book, but overall, I was disappointed. The characters really do lack real depth (as many other reviewers here have pointed out),... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul Carslake
1.0 out of 5 stars the characters are pretty much personality free and
Just a complete yawn. The plot moves at glacial speed, the characters are pretty much personality free and,,,,,,,,,, sorry just writing about it is putting me to sleep.
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