Book Review | The Truth of the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

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Published: May 20th, 2014
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
Source: Purchased

SummaryAugust 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Aurora, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

That summer 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 his career-defining novel. 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 blur together. 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. Joël Dicker’s phenomenal European bestseller is a brilliantly intricate murder mystery, a hymn to the boundless reaches of the imagination, and a love story like no other. Nothing you’ve read or even felt before can prepare you for The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair [x].
Review: I’ve had this book in possession for a while now. I’d say about two years. I had asked people for recommendations for a book to read and someone mentioned this one. So I picked it up. But I think the sheer size scared me (it’s over 600 pages). The one day I thought, “why not?” and what a good thought that was. I read it in I think 2-3 days. 

The perspective of the book changes throughout the chapters. Present day and the summer of 1975. I found that each chapter more and more was being revealed and new suspects were coming into question. I honestly didn’t know “whodunnit” until the very end. I like when I can’t figure it out. The way it was written you switch between who you think murdered Nola.

Not only was it interesting switching between settings but it being in the perspective of a writer going through writers block was interesting too. Each chapter titled as a “step” on how to write an outstanding novel.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I know it had a lot of mixed reviews but don’t let that discourage you from picking it up. I assure you it will suck you in.

Rating: 5/5 stars!




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