The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair — Reader Q&A
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker: Summary, Analysis and Reading Guide
Rate this book. August 30, 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 - with whom, he admits, he had an affair. 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.
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Okay, Sister, don't be shy, tell us what you really thought of the book! I feel guilty, because I remember reading about the book's reception at the Frankfurt Book Fair and the intense bidding war to publish it, and I excitedly emailed you, telling you to be on the lookout for it. Here in the US, we have a huge, unsatisfied appetite for translated crime fiction, and Dicker's book sounded sensational. Dicker's hyperbole seems an attempt to give it life, but for me, it only created a page equivalent of a fingernail scratching across a chalkboard. While the book didn't offend me in the same ways it offended you Hey, I lived in New Hampshire, and our 18 miles of beachfront is lovely.