The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair – Joel Dicker

Synopsis:

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.

Review:

This story is captivating from the very beginning to the very end; which says a lot as it’s 600+ pages.

One thing I particularly loved was the beginning of all the chapters, which had advice/rules for writing a good book. They subtly set the scene for what is to come in the story. A very clever addition to this novel.

I loved how all the relationships evolved and the uncovering of the past stories, the trauma, the trust. The narration of the past events was done very well indeed. I loved the side characters and the setting. Enough information to pull you in but not enough to be too much of a distraction.

I loved the unfolding investigation and the mystery surrounding what happened. I am trying not to give too much away, you will just need to read it!!!

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