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La vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Joël Dicker

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Title:La vérité sur l'Affaire Harry Quebert
Authors:Joël Dicker
Info:DE FALLOIS (2012), Broché, 670 pages
Collections:Your library, lecture 2012
Tags:lu2012, polar, USA, XXe siècle

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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker (2012)

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The journey through this story started rather unconventionally, beginning at chapter 31 and ending at chapter 1. Each chapter began with a life lesson from Harry to Marcus and often the more poignant lessons are repeated. The three main characters, Marcus, Harry, and Nola are the driving characters throughout the novel. As the story progresses and new characters are introduced, the reader begins to develop a back story behind each of the characters. The book reads very much like an investigative dialogue with Marcus as the driving force behind it all. It is a tale of friendship, love, tragedy, and mystery. It is an interesting journey with a twist at the end that caught me by surprise. Highly recommended for those who enjoy a good mystery! ( )
  AnnArborCityClub | May 24, 2016 |
I rarely read crime/mystery fiction, and it took me a while to invest time into this 600 page long thriller. The start was sluggish, but the pace picked up after a 100 odd pages, and I was intrigued to find out more.
However, by the end, almost every character in the book turned out be to somehow involved in the murder of Nola Kellergan, creating a mess in my head. If I had to explain the story to someone, I would be lost! All in all, a decent one-time read for me. ( )
  petrificius | Apr 12, 2016 |
As one reviewer said, this is a Russian doll of a novel. Or perhaps a more accurate metaphor might be a witches' cauldron with every outlandish ingredient you can think of thrown in. To start with, there are the copious borrowings. Throw in big chunks of 'Twin Peaks', add lashings of Agatha Christie, sprinkle in a bit of Hitchcock's 'Psycho', toss in a dash of 'Phantom of the Opera' and infuse with essence of Stephen King's 'Misery'.
There are so many twists and turns that, by the time I got to the end, I felt I had stumbled off of a fairground waltzer feeling giddy and nauseous. It's yet another modern crime novel where murder is carried out by sane, law abiding people as if it was one of a choice of options of how to spend the weekend. This is a pity as there's the makings of a very good novel in the first half that slowly gets buried under a welter of switchback implausibility. It kept me reading to the end to see just how many jaw-dropping twists and turns Joel Dicker could come up with. He takes the prize from 'Gone Girl' with ease.
Layered over the top of all this nonsense is a riff on the nature of writing and creativity, some of which is common sense advice which the author would have done well to follow, although most of it is made up of platitudes. I could also go on about some of the cardboard cutout characters (not another over-the-top jewish mother) and a complete failure, as far as I was concerned, to explain how a boringly typical pretty blond 15 year old, Nola, could so fascinate and enslave so many supposedly intelligent, mature men. ( )
  stephengoldenberg | Apr 6, 2016 |
Loved the plot turns -and twists -and layers. ( )
  SkiKatt68 | Feb 26, 2016 |
  johnrid11 | Feb 14, 2016 |
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Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of the country'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.… (more)

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