The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair, Hardback

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair Hardback

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)

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August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

That summer, struggling author 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 the novel that made him a household name.

Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted prot g - throws off his writer's block to clear his mentor's name.

Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one.

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.

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This is a book about a novelist writing a book about a cold case murder. Oh..and at times our dear narrator's version of the truth is not to be trusted. Sound complex...well it is but it's also captivating and exciting and thought provoking. I loved it! I think this will be the book to read this summer.

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This book came close to being very good, though in the end it simply failed to deliver.The basic premise was certainly very promising. It is summer 2008 and Marcus Goldman has just published his first novel to enormous acclaim. Gradually, however, Marcus finds his new wealth and life of ease hanging heavy on him. His publishing contract requires him to deliver a second novel very soon but he is stricken with writer's block. At a loss, he flees from New York and returns to Somerset, New Hampshire where he went to college and was taught to write by his mentor, and indeed hero, successful author and scion of American letters, Harry Quebert.Marcus soon discovers that Harry has a secret. Thirty-three years previously Harry, though then already 34 years old, had had an affair with Nola, the fifteen year old daughter of the local pastor. Worse, she had subsequently disappeared, and Harry's subsequent life had been wracked with misery at her loss. Harry's reputation as a novelist had been based upon 'The Origin of Evil', the novel that he published in 1975. He now tells Marcus that this novel had been inspired by his affair with Nola.As if this were not sufficiently deflating, some gardeners start work on Harry's garden, and uncover the corpse of a young woman, subsequently identified as Nola. Harry is duly arrested and remanded on bail. Marcus refuses to believe that his friend and mentor could be guilty of murder, and decides to investigate.Working initially in competition with, and then alongside, the Federal investigator, Marcus starts to uncover a whole morass of uncomfortable truths about a number of the citizens of Somerset, a surprising number of whom are still living in the town.So far, so good, and the first half of the novel proved very engrossing and compelling, though sadly it subsided into an unnecessarily overcomplicated morass of red herrings. I wonder whether the novelist himself lost track of who did what.The characters are an odd bunch- there is not one female character who is even vaguely plausible, and all of the mothers depicted in the story and utterly deranged. Goldman himself is a particularly unpleasant character, though he is one of the more credible of the creations in the book.Overall I think that this book would have benefited from some fairly ruthless application of the editor's blue pencil - I felt that it was probably about two hundred pages longer than it needed to be.

Review by
4

This is a book about a novelist writing a book about a cold case murder. Oh..and at times our dear narrator's version of the truth is not to be trusted. Sound complex...well it is but it's also captivating and exciting and thought provoking. I loved it! I think this will be the book to read this summer.

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