The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

Also available in: Spanish

Synopsis of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

That summer, struggling author 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 the novel that made him a household name. 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 merge into one. 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.

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Review of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

Even though it’s not going to be published in Spanish until the 19th of June, I was so lucky that I was given a proof copy of The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. And I say lucky because it’s a very good novel.

It hooks you from the very first page and the interest doesn’t decline at any moment. Despite being a narration with three timelines, the development of the plot isn’t interrupted at any time. The flashbacks are measured very well and they always appear at the right moment, they are even necessary to continue the story. They actually stand in for what could be told by the protagonist, writer, about the investigations that he carries out to clear up the case.

Especially towards the end, there are some unexpected twists that make us doubt what we think we know up until that point.

I’m not saying anything else. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is worth reading, and as it’s said in the epilogue:

“A good book, Marcus, is judged not by its last words but by the cumulative effect of all the words that have preceded them. About half a second after finishing your book, after reading the very last word, the reader should be overwhelmed by a particular feeling. For a moment he should think only of what he has just read; he should look at the cover and smile a little sadly because he is already missing all the characters. A good book, Marcus, is a book you are sorry to have finished.” (Dicker, Joël. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair (p. 638). Quercus. Kindle Ed.)

In this case it’s true.

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Series:  Marcus Goldman; 1

Publisher: MacLehose Press
Year 2014
Original title: La Vérité sur l'affaire Harry Québert

Language: English
Format: eBook

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