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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 (355 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 (355 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,056 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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27 of 30 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Truth About Harry Que-BORE 9 July 2014
Format:Hardcover
Beyond disappointing, it's a crime it was ever written. I bought this much-hyped book after reading a review on a site I normally trust but, oh dear. It sounded so good, but if you want to read abysmal writing with the world's most annoying characters, this is the one for you!

There is nothing and no one to like in this sorry tale - is it just me or were all the characters as dumb as a box of rocks? I'm surprised Gahalowood managed to find his way home, let alone solve anything remotely resembling a crime. It took me so long to wade through the tedious story that by the end I couldn't care less who killed Nola. In fact, I can't even be bothered to write another word about it, my review title says it all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair 30 April 2014
By S Riaz HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
Described as a literary thriller, this novel has been making a lot of noise in the publishing industry. Translated into over 32 languages, the winner of three major literary awards in France and a massive success in Europe, it has now arrived in English for us to judge. To be honest, I am less interested in whether this huge book is worthy of all the plaudits heaped upon it and more about whether or not it is a good read. Ignore all the comparisons to Roth, et al, and think of this as more in the tradition of Donna Tartt or Marisha Pessl - it is, essentially, a great crime novel which is more character driven than the usual.

Marcus Goldman is a young author who has the world at his feet. He has a major success with his debut novel and has been enjoying life on the proceeds of that sudden fame. Now, his star is waning and his agent and publisher are clamouring for that, oh so difficult, second book... What Goldman cannot admit to is that he has the `writers' disease' and his inability to even start his second novel, let alone finish it, causes him to contact his writing mentor - respected author and professor Harry Quebert. Harry Quebert is famous for his most successful novel, "The Origin of Evil," and has treated Goldman like a son. Even now, although his young protégée has not even contacted him since his bestseller made him famous, he immediately takes Goldman's concerns seriously and invites him to his beachside house, Goose Cove, in the little town of Somerset. Goldman sets off to recuperate and, hopefully, begin writing again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down... 30 July 2014
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Looking at other reviews, feedback was very mixed. For my part, I loved this book. I could not put it down, reading great chunks of it at a time.

It’s a whodunit, mixed with a love story with some laugh out loud moments thrown in (think Writer’s Mom conversations and “poor Bobbie”).

If I compare it to some of the other recent “overhyped” books that I’ve read – The Luminaries / The Goldfinch - this was my favourite of the three. My feeling was that they flagged in the final 10-20%, whereas this still felt fresh, although perhaps, ended with one or two plot twists too many.

Overall though, it was a brilliant read.
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15 of 17 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic in French
I read this book in French about a year ago and absolutely loved it. So much so I bought the audio cd. I am not sure about the English translation
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