The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - Joël Dicker

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

By Joël Dicker

  • Release Date: 2014-05-27
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 385 Ratings


Instant New York Times Bestseller

“Unimpeachably terrific.” —The New York Times Book Review

A twisty, fast-paced, cinematic literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book, for fans of Ruth Ware, Shari Lapena, and Donna Tartt

Marcus Goldman is riding high. The twenty-eight-year-old writer is the new darling of American letters, whose debut novel has sold two million copies. But when it comes time to produce a new book, he is sidelined by a crippling case of writer’s block. He travels to Somerset, New Hamprshire, to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of the country’s most respected writers, hoping to jar his creative juices as his publisher’s deadline looms. But Marcus’s plans are upended when Harry is sensationally implicated in a cold-case murder: Fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan went missing in 1975, and Harry admits to having had an affair with her. Following a trail of clues through the backwoods and isolated beaches of New Hampshire, Marcus must answer two questions, which are mysteriously connected: Who killed Nola Kellergan? And how do you write a book to save someone’s life?

Named a Best Book of the Summer by CBS This Morning, Us Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Parade, Houston Chronicle, New York Post, Tampa Bay Times, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and The Daily Beast

Now a 10-part TV series on EPIX, starring Patrick Dempsey, Ben Schnetzer, Damon Wayans Jr., and Virginia Madsen


  • It Started Very Well

    By sforim
    The first half of the book has a fast pace while the sencond consists of multiple attempts to keep the reader interested “wait, but there is more!”. Overall good book but don’t see why it is considered great. The Good: - valuable thougts on running - vauable thoughts on writing and developing a personality - the initial idea on writng about writing - evolution of the main charcter, his sense of humor - depiction of an American small town atmosphere (my personal fav) The bad: - the killer was too obvious from the start, sorry - multiple twist and turns at the end, at least 10 chapters added to the spot where book was supposed to end. Was the editor demandng a certain amounf of pages, I was asking myself reading - some of the characters are simply too dull, where it could be more, yet it starts so well: Harry himself, Luther, Nola…
  • Great Read

    By Marcus Padgett
    This is one of if not the best book I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. I didn’t just read it. I lived with the characters, ran with Harry in the mornings, felt for his love to be as she watched him love another. And the ending WOW. This is a must read for anyone over the age of 25.
  • Soaks into your cells

    By RikiSantaFe
    Love stories. Many of them. Friendship, once in a lifetime love, love of writing. Mystery woven throughout. Couldn't put it down. No one could predict the ending.
  • Enjoyable

    By Somebody 54
    Loved this book- had me guessing all the way to the end! Slow start, but once it picks up it hooks you.
  • Disappointing

    By Katimbawa
    I found this book was poorly written. It has a lot of unnecessary repetition, insincere dialogue, and ridiculous plot twists. The plot twists in this books are not based of previous "hints", they are based on "never mind, what you have been reading was all a lie...". I found the book unnecessarily long and frustrating.
  • Harry Quebert Affair

    By Hearts whisper
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

    By Glutton for words
    I have always known that a great book leaves you sad when it ends. And so I am left, desolate and forlorn, by the end of this gripping tale. Its compelling characterizations and clever plot development held me prisoner for two days. Its twists and surprises leaves me wondering if it is really over. It is a superb first novel. Jonathan Franzen should be scared....
  • Great summer read!

    By Jen P F
    Great summer book, full of twists and turns! Loved reading a murder mystery in which each and every character is a suspect!!
  • Child's Play

    By jazbeaux
    This book has a convoluted and barely-believable plot but worse, it feels like it was written by a talented 12- year old. The breathless dialogue and the stilted narrative style make it feel like this is a young -- very young -- adult novel. I even went back to the publisher's notes to see if perhaps it was intended for young audiences, but apparently not. I didn't get it. You shouldn't.
  • Research?

    By jewm
    I've only read 150 pages so far, and I know this is petty, but prison and jail are not the same! Shouldn't a book about a writer, who is writing a book, be well researched? I get it, it's a quick summer read, but still...