THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR BY JOEL DICKER


PLOT SUMMARY:

August 30, 1975: 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.


MY REVIEW:

I couldn't put this book down, absolutely loved it! This was the first book I read with my book club and what a book to start with.

The first thing that I noticed and loved straight away is the structure of the chapters, how they each start with a lesson and also signify the filling of the page. Something so simple but super effective at the same time.

The other main thing I loved about this book is the way that Dicker totally succeeds in pulling the wool over our eyes and presenting us with plot twist after plot twist. The thought behind all of these twists is so impressive and I didn't see any of them coming, which is rare as I tend to guess things correctly before they're revealed.

Dicker also succeeds in showcasing such emotion throughout the whole book and some parts are truly heartbreaking and devastating to the reader.

I've never read a book like this and I recommend to everyone to read it; it's clever, imaginative and real.


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Non Stop Twists

Unexpected

Very Clever

FAVOURITE QUOTE:

“Life is a long drop down, Marcus. The most important thing is knowing how to fall.”

FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Marcus, I found his character so interesting and there was so much depth to him.

OVERALL RATING:

9/10

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