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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:lecture 2012, Your library
Rating:*****
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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This book had a really interesting premise and the first chapter grabbed me, so I was very excited about reading it. Unfortunately, I felt like the book was just way, way too long. The plot seemed contrived and went in a lot of circles. This person did it and here's why, no this person, no actually... sigh. By the end, I didn't even care. Also, the author wrote this like he learned how to speak by listening to old gangster movies from the 1940's. Everyone! Exclaims! Every! Sentence! They also describe what they're doing and how they're feeling, out loud, to the person they're speaking to as if the person can't see them. Overall, it was just a really strange novel. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
Book: The Truth about The Harry Quebert Affair

Joel Dicker (and translator) has an easy , laid-back style that lulls the reader into thinking this is going to be a book you can consume like a bag of potato chips then feel compelled to go out for a run. You can. But also, this is the sort of whodunnit that can keep the smartest sleuth scratching his hair to the last sentence of the last page. He has complete control over his (many) characters and does not allow the reader to lose sight of them. What's more, this writer has learned a lot about writing from Harry Quebert and the protagonist (both writers in the book). His 'gimmicks' are so clever they seem necessary.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book - a sordid subject made palatable, a Gone Girl with more panache, not written with Hollywood dreams dancing in his eyes but can easily see it as a great movie. ( )
  poonamC | Jan 23, 2016 |
Marcus Goldman, successful young novelist receives a phone call from long-time friend and mentor, Harry Quebert. The skeleton of Lola Kellergan, a fifteen year old girl who was reported missing three decades earlier is discovered on Harry's property and he is accused of her murder. During an earlier visit, Marcus discovered that the two of them had a secret love affair and were to elope but she disappeared before their departure. In Nola's possession in the grave was discovered a copy of Harry's manuscript finished during the summer of Nola's disappearance inscribed with an anonymous message to Nola telling her goodbye. Now Marcus finds himself traveling to the New Hampshire seacoast to save Harry, who claims he is innocent of the murder of the young girl he claims he still misses.

I read an advance reading copy of a novel previously released in Europe with accolades but won't be released in the US until the end of May. I found this psychological thriller sustained my interest, page after page, as I accompanied Marcus in investigating the events surrounds Nola's disappearance and attempting to discern the motivations for those who might want to end her life. This is a good mystery with its share of red-herrings and wrong turns. If you are a fan of psychological thrillers penned by Donna Tartt or Gillian Flynn, you won't want to miss this novel when released. ( )
  John_Warner | Jan 19, 2016 |
August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day a small New Hampshire town lost its innocence.

That summer 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 his career-defining novel. 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 blur together. 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.

Joël Dicker’s phenomenal European bestseller is a brilliantly intricate murder mystery, a hymn to the boundless reaches of the imagination, and a love story like no other. Nothing you’ve read or even felt before can prepare you for The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair


This wonderful piece of metafiction has been rather coolly received but I loved it! You feel that the book is being written as you read it, you become immersed in the long buried small town secrecy but you are kept on your toes all the time, never guessing what is coming. Hooked by the story and the characters and wondering how do you write a book to save someones life. Give it a try, you might be surprised.

FromThe Telegraph

It’s like Twin Peaks meets Atonement meets In Cold Blood, with a bromance between literary jocks and some suspected paedophilia thrown in. It’s about fame and infamy, writing and love, theft and imposture; about murder, madness, and religious zealotry. It’s about guilt: not just in the criminal sense, but as an emotion that can dog you for life. It is breathtakingly plotted. But the fiendishness of the book’s construction is not merely mathematical; it relies on the built-in ambivalence of each character, or there wouldn’t be enough left to withhold for so long. The case looks to be solved several times, yet 100 pages before the end (of a 700-page total), just when all loose ends appear to have been tied, a sudden spinning ambiguity erupts in the clues. And we’re still a good couple of resolutions away from the truth


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  jan.fleming | Nov 9, 2015 |
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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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