Review: The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

Review: The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel DickerThe Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker
Series: +++
Published by Penguin Genres: Murder Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher

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 novel?

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.

When I was given the opportunity to read this book and I saw it was an international bestseller I was very excited. The moment I received the book I jumped to read it as if there wasn’t any other book in the world. I devour it and I enjoyed every sentence, paragraph and every page. The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair is a murder mystery/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your sit from beginning to end.  Joel’s ingenious story telling is outstanding.

I find it very interesting when a book can convey so many different emotions in a reader,  frustration, angst, uncertainty, sadness, laughter and love. All these emotions makes us who we are and even though at times we tend to avoid them, there is very little we can do when we experience them but to let them drag us wherever it is they will take us. When I started reading The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair I wasn’t sure I would experience exactly what I listed above, I thought I would be reading a murder mystery with gruesome details about the disappearance of a young girl, however, as I kept reading and reading those feelings started invading my mind and heart making me at times unable to put the book down.

“Learn to love your failures, Marcus, because it is your failures that will make you who you are. It is your failures that will give meaning to your victories.”

The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair is ingenuous, a book that tells us the story of a struggling author trying to find his way back to writing the masterpiece he has always dream of writing, and one that will put his name back in stardom. It is also about the love affair of the great writer Harry Quebert whose life and reputation was destroyed by the discovery of a thirty three year old love affair.

While this novel doesn’t necessarily reads as a literary thriller, it does however contains  criminal elements, mystery and suspense that keep the reader glue to the pages. Readers will experience thrilling enthusiasm while reading this book, the added humor gave the story the lightness that it required a times but it also gave it a sense of “real” that a lot of stories lack.  The story starts with Marcus Goldman (Marcus The Magnificent) as he was known during his high school years, a young writer who is struggling to write a second book after the first book he ever wrote sent him to stardom.  From the start I became a fan of Marcus, his conversations and arguments with his mother made me laugh out loud, while also giving me a sense of pity as he struggles with writers block.

“What if they kill me?”
“Nobody is going to kill you, Harry.”“But I’m already dead, aren’t I?”
“No, You’re not dead! You’re the great Harry Quebert! The importance of knowing how to fall remember? The important thing is not the fall, because falling is inevitable. The important this is knowing how to get up again. And we’ll get up again.”

His chance and inspiration comes in the form of an scandal, a scandal that would change his life and the life of his best friend and mentor Harry Quebert. Harry Quebert’s story is fantastically drafted, detailed and enigmatic, twisted and all around thrilling. When the news of Harry’s legal problems and terrible accusations hit Marcus his first thought was to run to be with his friend, without knowing that the events that followed would change his life forever. Harry Quebert became the focus of Marcus story, in his attempt and need to help his friend he started to discover everything that happened in the summer of 1975, which would soon be  his new book. The new book, the  story of Harry Quebert and his love Nola Kellergans a fifteen year old girl who became Harry’s inspiration for his masterpiece is tragic and mysterious. The tragedy didn’t just rumble that small town but it also destroyed the spirit of one of the greatest writers of his time. Once Marcus started his investigation, he will learn the lies, the betrayal and the dark past of his friend Harry Quebert.

This book has a fantastic plot, it has a clever dialogue and complex characters. This is exactly what distinguishes The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair  from many other mystery novels of its kind. Readers will discover a fun, seductive, twisted and utterly engrossing story which will keep readers talking about it for a while.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely YES! (Come on, step off your comfort zone and dare to read it)

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Reader, book reviewer & blogger, love books and most genre: contemporary romance, fantasy, paranormal, mystery & thrillers, new adult & historical romance. When not working, I like spending my time reading, watching tv with my husband and socializing with my friends.

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