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Book Review: The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

December 29, 2015

 

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

 

This is a masterful literary thriller that will mesmerize readers with its beautiful writing and engaging and haunting story.  I sprinted through this book, but then went back and reread passages – it feels like one of the great American novels, even though the author is Swiss. The publishing world is abuzz about this new novel, and I think it is destined to become a new classic.

 

Back in 1975, when in his 30s, Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan, but she suddenly disappeared.  33 years later her body is discovered on Harry Quebert’s property along with a manuscript copy of his most famous novel. Quebert is the only suspect, but he claims he didn’t kill Nola – instead he claims that they were in love and were about to elope on the night that she disappeared. Marcus Goldman is a close friend and protégé who has published his first novel to acclaim, but is struggling to pen the second. He throws off his writer’s block when he begins writing about the case, hoping to save his mentor from the electric chair. Before long the book takes on a life of its own, and the case and Marcus’ new bestselling novel begin blurring together. This is a murder mystery and a unique love story. Stunning.

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