The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

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" The #1 internationally bestselling thriller, and ingenious book within a book, about the disappearance of a 15-year-old New Hampshire girl and, 30 years later, a young American writer's determination to clear his mentor's name-and find the inspiration for his next bestseller August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods before she disappears; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of America's most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer's block as his publisher's deadline looms. But Marcus's plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly and sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan-whom, he admits, he had an affair with. As the national media convicts Harry, Marcus launches his own investigation, following a trail of clues through his mentor's books, the backwoods and isolated beaches of New Hampshire, and the hidden history of Somerset's citizens and the man they hold most dear. To save Harry, his writing career, and eventually even himself, Marcus must answer three questions, all of which are mysteriously connected: Who killed Nola Kellergan? What happened one misty morning in Somerset in the summer of 1975? And how do you write a successful and true novella? A global phenomenon, with sales approaching a million copies in France alone and rights sold in more than thirty countries, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a fast-paced, tightly plotted, cinematic literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book, by a dazzling young writer"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2014
ISBN: 9780143126683
0143126687
Branch Call Number: F DICKE-J
Characteristics: vii, 643 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Taylor, Sam 1970-- Translator

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lorraine_on_rodney
Jul 10, 2018

How this book could win so much praise and even prizes in Europe is beyond me - it's way too long, full of poorly-realized characters, improbable events and coincidences, with a poor sense of the time and place of its setting - I know because I lived there in those time periods. I rarely don't finish a book once I start it, but thisis one that never got any better and I should have put it down long before I ploughed through 600+ pages.

lotuslori_8 Jan 09, 2017

A great mystery with a complex story that twist and turn in different directions and of course a few surprises along the way.

ChristchurchLib May 08, 2016

In 1975, a teen girl disappeared in rural New Hampshire. In 2008, author Marcus Goldberg, struggling with inspiration, visits his mentor, famed writer Harry Quebert, and is shocked when the body of the missing teen is found on Harry's property. Harry is soon arrested for the crime (the girl had been his underage girlfriend in 1975), and Marcus has found the topic for his next book. Styled as a novel-within-a-novel, this complex and twisting story comes in at a hefty 600+ pages as it follows Marcus' efforts to find out what happened in 1975.

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671books
Jan 07, 2016

A good story that gets bogged down in too many words. The book/story could have been chopped by about a quarter with some quality editing and still maintained the plot. But if you're looking for an entertaining book, then give it a go.

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d007562647
Jan 03, 2016

Best book I have read in over a year. Complicated and you have to read closely. Well worth the 600 or so pages.

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sloanelm
Jul 31, 2015

This was a gift from someone who recommended it highly, so I persevered longer than I would have otherwise. Then I realized this book is leaving me cold because it's lad lit -- male author, male protagonist, a little riff on male coming-of-age, male mentor.... I have greatly enjoyed other books with some of these same characteristics, but in Harry Quebert, the female protagonist is a dead 15-year-old with whom a 34-year-old man had an affair. The female protagonist is dead. The female protagonist is a child with whom an adult man had an affair. Enough. On to one of the hundreds of other books on my shelves.

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cheadlebeagle
Jul 19, 2015

I enjoyed the first half to two-thirds of this book and then it just got overly complex, boring and far too long.

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murray4
Apr 11, 2015

I enjoyed this book so much I went straight out and bought it to loan to my serious reader friends! It is a bit long at 600+ pages but I loved the authors "philosophical" advice to writers + readers at the start of each chapter. I would categorise this book as a contemporary thriller,I think the author has written it for a "thinking" contemporary thriller reader + not to take the plot too seriously! Recommended.

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loudem
Mar 07, 2015

The most outstanding book I read since the Millennium Trilogy by Larsson. A must read, definitely. I can't describe this book. Everything about it is just mind blowing. Well crafted, a real page turner. It will keep you guessing till the last page. But prepare to be stun. The mystery goes on and on for the whole 640 pages. And there is no dull moment. I'm just waiting for Dicker's next opus.

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myida112
Feb 06, 2015

let's just say one of the worst books i have ever read. enough said.

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