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“Unimpeachably terrific.” —The New York Times Book Review
The publishing phenomenon topping bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than two million copies in Europe and rights sold in more than forty 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.
August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods, never to be heard from again; 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 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—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 own 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 book to save someone’s life?
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This is one of if not the best book I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I didn’t just read it. I lived with the characters, ran with Harry in the mornings, felt for his love to be as she watched him love another. And the ending WOW. This is a must read for anyone over the age of 25.
This book has a convoluted and barely-believable plot but worse, it feels like it was written by a talented 12- year old. The breathless dialogue and the stilted narrative style make it feel like this is a young -- very young -- adult novel. I even went back to the publisher's notes to see if perhaps it was intended for young audiences, but apparently not. I didn't get it. You shouldn't.
It Started Very Well
The first half of the book has a fast pace while the sencond consists of multiple attempts to keep the reader interested “wait, but there is more!”. Overall good book but don’t see why it is considered great.
- valuable thougts on running
- vauable thoughts on writing and developing a personality
- the initial idea on writng about writing
- evolution of the main charcter, his sense of humor
- depiction of an American small town atmosphere (my personal fav)
- the killer was too obvious from the start, sorry
- multiple twist and turns at the end, at least 10 chapters added to the spot where book was supposed to end. Was the editor demandng a certain amounf of pages, I was asking myself reading
- some of the characters are simply too dull, where it could be more, yet it starts so well: Harry himself, Luther, Nola…