The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

Instant New York Times Bestseller

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

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

The publishing phenomenon topping bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than two million copies in Europe and rights sold in more than forty countries, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a fast-paced, tightly plotted, cinematic literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book, by a dazzling young writer.
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—whom, he admits, he had an affair with. 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. To save Harry, his own writing career, and eventually even himself, Marcus must answer three questions, all of which are mysteriously connected: Who killed Nola Kellergan? What happened one misty morning in Somerset in the summer of 1975? And how do you write a book to save someone’s life?

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - Joël Dicker Summary

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a novel by Swiss author Joël Dicker. It was published in the United States on 27 May 2014, by Penguin Books. The original French version, La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert, has sold more than one million copies, knocking Fifty Shades of Grey off the top of the bestseller lists in French-speaking countries. Rights have been bought for translations into 32 languages. Including the translations, La vérité sur l’affaire Harry Quebert has sold more than three million copies...

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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - Joël Dicker Book Reviews (365)

Marcus Padgett

Great Read5 star

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. 55


Soaks into your cells5 star

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. 55

Somebody 54

Enjoyable5 star

Loved this book- had me guessing all the way to the end! Slow start, but once it picks up it hooks you. 55


Disappointing1 star

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. 15

Hearts whisper

Harry Quebert Affair5 star

Awesome. 55

Glutton for words

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair5 star

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.... 55

Jen P F

Great summer read!5 star

Great summer book, full of twists and turns! Loved reading a murder mystery in which each and every character is a suspect!! 55


Child's Play2 star

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. 25


Research?3 star

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... 35

Curlie Queue

Not his best work2 star

Disappointing. Just not his best work. 25

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