today I want to talk to you about something you must read this summer. At first, I was not so sure I wanted to read it, especially because my mom put it in my suitcase after I refused to take it, but it was worth it! I never loved a book so much!
The book I am referring to is “The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: A Novel“, written by Joel Dicker. This story takes place for the most part in Aurora, a small town located in New Hampshire. The protagonist is Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist seeking for inspiration and help for his next book. He seeks help in his mentor and former college professor Harry Quebert, when he makes an important discovery about his mentor life. Suddenly, the body of fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is found 33 years after she went missing. It was buried in Quebert’s back yard and he is accused of her murder. Marcus works to uncover the truth while dealing with the imminent lawsuit from the publishing house due to breach of contract. Will he find the inspiration to write the book and avoid the lawsuit? But more important, who killed Nola Kellergan?
I personally loved the book. One of the reasons why I loved it so much is because almost every chapter reveals new details of the case and of the protagonists lives. In addition, once the reader is already at half of the book, each chapter brings up a new suspect and releases the former one. Finally, almost each chapter finishes with a cliff hanger, making it impossible to go to bed of close the book and do something else!
However, I would have enjoyed the story more if there would have been more chapters narrated by the character of Harry. Usually, most of the chapters are narrated by Marcus, some of them by minor characters such as Nola or Luther, but all the chapters about Harry’s youth are narrated by Harry. I would have appreciated to have some chapters narrated by Harry when he is arrested, when the body is found, or during Marcus’ investigation. I think that would have enriched the book more because he is such a complex character.
The book contains potentially offensive content, such as violent scenes, child abuse, and sex scenes. These contents are only a small portion of the book, but I would suggest that it is better not to give it to someone younger than 16. Overall, I think it is better if only young adults, or adults, approach this book, because some parts of it might be hard to digest.
I was captivated by the way Joel Dicker was able to twist the story in every chapter. By the end of every chapter the reader thinks he or she knows who killed Nola, but as soon as readers start the next chapter they understand they got all of it wrong. The biggest appeal for me was the strenght of the characters and the story. Overall it looked like the writer was narrating something that really happened, and a city that existed for real. While reading it, I had the impression of reading Marcus’ diary instead of a totally fictionary work of art.
This book is available on Amazon.com, you just have to click on the underlined title. Please click The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: A Novel. This is an affiliate link. If you buy off my link I would get a small commission, but it would not cost you a penny, yu would be just helping me to safe some money to pay my college tuition.
“When you get to the end of the book, Marcus, give your reader a last-minute twist… you have to hold a few trump cards for the final part of the game.” – Harry Quebert