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Product Details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; First Edition edition (May 27, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143126687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143126683
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (755 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, May 2014: A successful young author suffering from writer’s block journeys to New Hampshire to visit his former professor. Shortly after he arrives, the bones of a girl are found buried in the professor’s backyard. Now the professor has been arrested for the murder of the girl--who disappeared in 1975 at the age of fifteen--and the author has an idea: he will write a book based on the case that will ultimately exonerate his professor and jumpstart his writing. Already a massive best seller in Europe (and translated into 32 languages), The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair arrives in North America amid such wild praise you might expect something groundbreaking. Instead, what you get is a wonderful, fun, and boisterous read, a book with an uncanny ability to both fascinate and amuse you. Twists and turns and oddball characters make this a rollicking bullet-train of a novel. --Chris Schluep

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This best-selling, award-winning, French literary thriller from a 28-year-old Swiss author has arrived in the U.S. with fanfare not heard since The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. So what is all the fuss about? That’s puzzling. Jumping back and forth in time from 1975 to 2008, the novel is narrated by Marcus Goldman, a twentysomething writer whose first book was a smashing success but who is suffering from writer’s block at the prospect of penning a follow-up. He travels to rural New Hampshire to visit his former professor and mentor, Harry Quebert, whose first novel was also a best-seller and brought him instant celebrity. But in the midst of the reunion, the body of a 15-year-old girl is discovered on Quebert’s property and Quebert is arrested for murder. Goldman sets out to prove his mentor innocent, and in the process he writes his long-delayed second book, The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair, which becomes even more successful than his first. With a plethora of suspects, readers are certain to be caught up in the drama—by the the time the book ends, nearly every major character in the story has taken a turn as the likely killer. Beyond the whodunit aspect, however, readers may find themselves shaking their heads at the almost cartoonish characterizations and soap-operatic dialogue. The real mystery here is why we keep reading—but, for some reason, we do. --Bill Ott

Customer Reviews

This book was a enjoyable read with lots of twisted and turns to the plot.
casey pike
The book is filled with two dimensional characters who act in unbelievable ways and too many plot points that are contrived and implausible.
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I just finished this book and have to say I cannot believe I wasted my time or money.
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I have just two problems with this book: (1) the ludicrous and lurid plot, and (2) the stunningly amateurish writing. It was painful, but I read every bit of the book, mostly because I just couldn't believe this could be the same book that has been such a huge best-seller abroad. I figured it had to transform itself into something great, but if anything, it just got worse with each passing page.

I'll keep the plot summary brief, since you can read that just about anywhere. The protagonist, Marcus Goldman, is a young writer who hit it big with his first novel and is now hopelessly blocked. Under tremendous pressure from his agent and rapacious publisher, he flees to the seaside town of Somerset, New Hampshire, to get help from his college mentor, the literary lion Harry Quebert.

Shortly after Marcus's visit, Harry is arrested for the murder of a teenage girl, Nola Kellergan, who had disappeared over 30 years earlier and whose body has just been found buried under Harry's lawn, along with the original manuscript of Harry's most famous novel, The Origin of Evil. Marcus decides he must investigate to clear Harry, and submits to his publisher's pressure to write a book about what is being called the Harry Quebert Affair.

First of all, it's downright creepy that the then 34-year-old Harry had a love affair with a 15-year-old girl. And he's not the only grown man in town to have a thing for Nola. We have to read a lot about these age-inappropriate passions, but at least there is a little comedy value in that reading, with deathless prose like this:

"As soon as he saw her, he felt his heart explode. He missed her so much. As soon as she saw him, she felt her heart explode. She had to speak to him.
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57 of 67 people found the following review helpful By alienorhuman on June 26, 2014
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OH MY GOD IT'S SO BAD

Spare yourselves; do not buy this book. It was almost physically painful to finish. If this is the yardstick by which we measure books these days, I'll just lock myself into past centuries and NEVER COME OUT. What on earth caused this book to receive such acclaim???

So, just to get it out of the way, the construction kind of stands, although I'd have to think about even that. It's a little grotesquely baroque, with everyone seemingly having had a hand in the murder that 'fateful day', but ok for now.

But the rest.... In no particular order, and with plenty of spoilers, probably - it's not as if I care

- writers are NOT interesting main characters, and this one in particular takes the cherry; self-absorbed, vain, narcissistic, with every suddenly sycophantic character telling him how wonderful, talented, smart, 'Magnificent' (sic!!!) he is - and that goes for the OTHER writer in the book, Harry Québert, whose 15-year old lover seemed to have been put on this earth only to fawn over, praise and massage his ego. The main character 'wants to be a writer more than anything else in the world' and there is much inane talk/Hallmark life lessons about writing.... Ok, but writing what??? What was his 'fabulous first book' all about anyway?? He reminds me of kids who want to be rock star for the fame and never think for a second about the music - It's all about the packaging with Marcus Goldman - oh and let's not forget the crowds of New Yorkers who mob him with questions - actors, maybe, even though New Yorkers are WAY TOO COOL to crowd celebrities thank you very much - but WRITERS?? How many would you even recognize???
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Terry Rusinow on June 11, 2014
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As with several other reviewers I kept reading thinking it would get better--both the story and the writing, both of which seemed amateur at best. I can't imagine this book winning anything. I kept thinking perhaps it's not being translated well, or I was nuts. In any case, if I saw one more exclamation point at the end of an adolescent sentence, I was going to stop, and stop I did. This is a really bad story and bad book and to compare it to Stieg Larsson as one of the reviewers did, is an insult. I can't imagine how this book got to any best lists or received the reviews it did. Very disappointed, but in all honesty, I couldn't read more than 200 pages, and that was enough. Or as he would say "that was enough!"
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on May 7, 2014
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I started this recommended novel with eager anticipation. The first 45 pages or so seemed to live up to the promise . But it soon revealed itself to be a mish-mash of wild ideas based on a very shaky premise. The story very quickly lost its credibility for me and I did something mostly unthinkable - flipped through pages very quickly as they did so little to hold my attention. If this novel hadn't received so much marketing hype I wouldn't have bothered persevering to the end - an end that got more improbable with every paragraph. Seriously, when a story needs pages and pages of drawn out denouement that become more and improbable, I know I've been wasting my time. Perhaps in the hands of an experienced writer- and possibly editor - the ideas might have been better 'culled' and formed into a story with the essentials of tension, and character development as well as trying to say something meaningful about the craft of writing, A great disappointment.
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Joel Dicker was born in 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied law. He spent childhood summers in New England, particularly in Stonington and Bar Harbor, Maine. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair won three French literary prizes, including the Grand Prix du Roman from the Académie Française, and was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt. Dicker lives in Geneva.

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