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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  39,851 Ratings  ·  5,199 Reviews
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 writ
Paperback, 643 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Penguin Books (first published September 19th 2012)
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Jmftown9 The Seagulls of Somerset was the book that Harry, actually, wrote for Nola that summer. Marcus claimed it as Luther's as a way of righting Harry's…moreThe Seagulls of Somerset was the book that Harry, actually, wrote for Nola that summer. Marcus claimed it as Luther's as a way of righting Harry's wrong. The Origin of evil was the book that Luther wrote based on his observations of Harry and Nola. (less)

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May 31, 2014 Amanda rated it did not like it
You know that thing when you get your hands on the latest 600 page literary blockbuster, full of excitement and anticipation?
So you are reading greedily and it’s okay, but not completely engaging. However, in the back of your brain you are very aware of the many international literary awards this book has clocked up, the fact that it has been translated into 32 different languages and been reviewed gushingly over and over again - so you just know that any minute now you will be gobsmacked by it
Aug 01, 2015 Annet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'How do you know when a book is finished?'
'Books are like life Marcus. They never really end...'

I just loved this book. Grand story and writing, unique in many ways, a calm but formidable buildup of the story which makes you want to keep going steady but with a building tension thinking all the time... 'what's going on here', great whodunit with unbelievable twists and turns til the last pages, remarkable set of characters, great setting... I just really enjoyed it from start to end.

And it's no
Nino Frewat
I have mixed feelings about this book. The fact that it won the "Prix de l'Académie Francaise" 2012 tips the scales towards disappointment. Then again if I was not intrigued by a crime book that won the said prize, I probably wouldn't have even picked it up.

It is a 660+ pages crime book; that made me quite hesitant to consider it, I just assume there would be unnecessary details and characters and boring repetitiveness. I was wrong about the first two.

The book's back cover states that it is a "r
Jan 21, 2013 Charlène rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Par où commencer?
D'abord les points + : Lecture facile, histoire pas mal ficelée...
les - : Cet ouvrage, qui a tout de même reçu le prix du roman de l'académie française et goncourt des lycéens, n'a AUCUN style littéraire, je sais pas à quoi je m'attendais mais j'avoue être très déçue... Je suis un peu comme Galahwood au début du roman: j'aimerais me faire rembourser... Les caractères des personnages sont peu décrits et peu travaillés. Les descriptions sont risibles, la scène de rencontre entre
Jun 20, 2014 Harris rated it did not like it
Yeah, I have no idea why this is supposed to be so amazing. The plot itself is kind of uninspiring and reminds me of so many "dark secrets in a small town" stories that Stig Larssen popularized. And really, it's trying to be The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (just minus the secret Nazis) so badly it's kind of laughable.

The characters were universally unlikable - and honestly the jet-set life of the best-selling author kind of made me laugh my ass off. Maybe I missed when Jonathan Franzen was being
Andrew Smith
Dec 30, 2015 Andrew Smith rated it liked it
There’s essentially three stories here:

- Two men’s individual struggle to write a book
- An older man’s love for a 15 year old girl
- The mystery surrounding the murder of the 15 year old girl

Yes, they’re all linked – but it sometimes feels like a hodgepodge of styles: maybe Jonathan Franzen meets Mills and Boon, meets Agatha Christie?

It’s long: over 600 pages in print and in excess of 20 hours of audio. I went the latter route, and was rewarded by a competent reading by Robert Slade. It’s also s
Mar 09, 2015 Denisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always had a weakness for mystery books. In this story every character matters, every subplot is related, and Joel Dicker creates one of the best modern dark novels. It is more than just a Who killed Nola Kellergan? and yet, that is the question that will travel with you through all the pages. A novel that will swallow you completely. A story about sickness, love, sadness, books and hidden pasts. A victory for any writer. Well done Dicker.

«Todo el mundo sabe escribir, pero no todo el mundo
J'ai été incroyablement déçue par ce livre. Je ne comprends pas comment ce roman a pu être récompensé du prix de l'Académie française ou être sélectionné pour le Goncourt. Le style est tout simplement médiocre. Les personnage sont creux, stéréotypés, et ne s'exprime ni ne réagissent de façon réaliste. L'histoire d'amour autour de laquelle tourne tout le roman n'est absolument pas décrite en dehors de nombreux dialogues mièvres si bien qu'il est impossible d'être touché par cette histoire. Si l'a ...more
Nieves Abarca
Jun 27, 2013 Nieves Abarca rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
La decepción del mes. Empieza muy bien. Y ahora llegan los peros: Repetitivo hasta la nausea, tramposo, nos cuenta la misma trama que no avanza durante 700 páginas escritas con simpleza. "Oh, Nola, te quiero, te quiero qué guapa eres, Nola. Yo le quiero a usted, oh oh, ámeme muchito trocito de miel" y lindezas cursis insoportables. Muchos sospechosos pero tras leer lo mismo una y otra vez...a quién le importa quién mato a la dichosa Nola? Yo misma la hubiese ahogado en el mar con sus malditas ga ...more
Tommy Wallach
Aug 01, 2014 Tommy Wallach rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is, without a doubt, the worst thing I've read in many years. The fact that it was published at all boggles the mind. Honestly...I want my money back. Christ but it's terrible. Joel Dicker should never publish another novel again. Or write anything. Even a grocery list. Or speak. He should go live in a monastery in the woods and never bother anyone again. Dear lord. Make it stop.
¿Que los críticos apuntan a Nabokov, Philip Roth o Stieg Larsson (o algún otro autor de novela negra nórdica)? Admito el último porque no tengo elementos para negarlo (ni la comparación me parece un pase al Olimpo de los escritores), admito el primero por coincidencia temática con 'Lolita', admito el segundo porque sí puede haber ecos de 'Pastoral Americana'. Pero no, esto no es una Obra Maestra. Ni de lejos. Tampoco digo que sea un mal libro, pero para jugar en la 'liga de los clásicos' hacen f ...more
Stephen Durrant
Joel Dicker is a 27-year-old Swiss writer whose "La Vérité sur L'Affaire Harry Quebert" has recently won two prestigious literary prizes and become a bestseller here in France. Its success, I think, results from being a complex and engrossing piece of detective fiction, involving novelists no less, and being set in America, where, according to the book jacket, Dicker has traveled extensively. The story concerns the discovery of the body of a fifteen-year old girl who disappeared thirty years ear ...more
Diane S ☔
Jul 04, 2014 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it
I feel like I have been on a long journey, and this book was a journey, through red herrings, changing accounts from many different people, through a poignant friendship and an illicit love. It was a puzzle, or a labyrinth or a maze, trying to find just the right clue that would unravel everything that had come before.

A book that is a book, about a murder, a young girl that seems to be all purity and light and a famous writer. Writer's and writers block, the 31 things one needs to know to write
Aug 03, 2013 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-suica, e2
Estou muito preocupada...
Um livro premiado pela Academia Francesa e pela Revista Lire; que recebe o prémio Goncourt; que é número um de vendas em França.
E eu não percebo porquê.

1) Género literário - Policial ou romance cor de rosa?
Nola tem quinze anos e apaixona-se por um homem de trinta. Talvez seja possível...É assassinada logo no início ( e ainda bem porque, assim, não tive de a aturar muito).
Harry tem trinta anos e apaixona-se por uma miúda de quinze. Talvez seja possível... O que me parec
Jul 09, 2014 Meg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Spectacularly terrible! It's absolutely mind boggling to me that this was a runaway success and prize winner in France. From the very first pages you can tell that the dialogue is atrocious and the story cliched almost to the point of offensiveness, and it certainly doesn't get any better as the book unfolds. What on earth do people see in this book? It's not possible that it is *that* much better in the original French, right?
Este libro es de lo mejorcito que he leído en toda mi vida. Aún sigo tratando de asimilar todo lo que ha pasado en esta novela.
Lo primero que quiero mencionar es la manera que tiene de atrapar al lector. ¡He leído 300 páginas en dos días! Es totalmente maravilloso. Por otro lado, los giros que da la trama son espectaculares. Intenta convencer al lector de alguna cosa y luego te da la vuelta a toda la historia. Yo he juzgado mal a algunos personajes de la historia y aún sigo en shock por lo enrev
Franco  Santos
Jul 19, 2014 Franco Santos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
¿Están buscando una buena novela negra? Creo que sé cuál les podría interesar.

La Verdad sobre el Caso Harry Quebert es el mejor libro de misterio que leí hasta ahora. ¿Por qué? Bueno, porque te mantiene pegado a la historia en todo momento, a medida que la trama avanza aparecen nuevas dudas y secretos, nunca decae, sus casi 700 páginas no se sienten y te gustaría que fuesen más, etcétera. Te va a quemar el cerebro con sus giros e incógnitas. Tiene una mezcla entre intriga y romance; tengo que d
Jun 16, 2016 Luisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A ver, ¿por dónde empiezo?
Ya he comentado alguna vez en el canal lo mucho que me gusta dedicarle a cada libro el tiempo que el mismo me pide; este es un señor libro que me da las gracias por haberle dedicado todo un mes de mi vida. Sin lugar a dudas, no me hubiese gustado haber volado entre sus páginas en una sola semana. He disfrutado todo un mes de sus personajes (sus TAN bien construidos personajes), sus líneas y sus giros argumentales (no puedes dar nada por sentado leyendo el seguimiento de
Jun 25, 2016 Justin rated it it was ok
I said it before and I'll say it again, or write it again, whatever, but this book is about 150 to 200 pages too long. It's too long, but my biggest issue with it isn't the ridiculously unnecessary length, it's the way the story is contrived and the characters interact that bugged me the most.

Is Dicker trying to write a modern version of Lolita? Is he going for a new spin on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Is he trying to write a sprawling murder mystery or is he trying to write a new literary
Nancy Martira
Jul 21, 2014 Nancy Martira rated it did not like it
I believe this is the worst book I've ever read; granted, I don't read a lot of bad books. If a book is terrible or if I'm just not enjoying it, I don't finish it - life is too short. So, why did I stick with it for nearly 600 pages? It's a mystery!

Mysteries that are more mysterious than the "mystery" at the heart of this book:

Is this a terrible novel or just a terrible English translation?

How did this become an international bestseller? No, really. Europe alone produces tons of excellent crime
Aug 23, 2013 sudmex rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hace mucho, mucho tiempo, existían dos tipos de literatura: la buena y la mala. Con el tiempo (y con la fuerza de la mercadotecnia, con la abundancia de malos lectores y ahora con acceso a las redes sociales), los límites entre una y otra se fueron borrando, la mala literatura se hizo "aceptable", "suficientemente buena", "buena" "genial" y hasta "impresionante".

Hace muchos años La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert habría sido un libro malo.

Una historia llena de "esto lo he visto" y personajes
Libro divorato in una settimana, nonostante la mole imponente! Letto perché scelto e votato per l'Ottavo Gdl Frahorus (di seguito metto il link per chi volesse leggere anche le recensioni degli appartenenti al gruppo: ).

Solitamente non sono un lettore di gialli, ne avrò letti circa una ventina, ma devo dire che questa storia si è rivelata accattivante fin dalle prime pagine e mi ha tenuto incollato per una settimana che è volata e dove i colpi di scena no
Sep 05, 2013 Daniele rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In spite of all the prizes it won, and its ambition to be something more, this book is just a simple mystery novel with only a single good plot twist and a teen-ish and retorical writing.
The story of the young writer investigating the murder of young Nola and her ties to "America's greatest writer" Harry Quebert is more a parade of cliched uninteresting characters - none excluded - and banal phrases than a look into America's society, and it becomes involuntarily ridiculous when we reach excerpt
Denise Duncan
Dec 28, 2013 Denise Duncan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
El libro tiene algunos grandes defectos, los digo ya: los momentos cursis que irritan un poco, creo que lo cursi debe reservarse para la vida y en la literatura aparcarlo. Sobre todo si es cursi y punto, como es el caso. Lo segundo: en su afán y grandes dotes de creador de peripecias, el autor acaba excediéndose: pasa tanto y tan variado que sobre todo hacia el final a ratos se hace poco creíble y un pelín exagerado. Alguna cosilla un poco deus ex machina hacia el final, que hace chimpúm!, algún ...more
Juan G.B
Nov 10, 2016 Juan G.B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Juan by: Gerard Moncada
Shelves: owned-books
Las apariencias engañan. Y La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert es un claro ejemplo de ello en muchos sentidos.

Este libro lo tenía en mi biblioteca desde hace varios meses y de verdad lamento mucho no haberlo leído antes, pero gracias a Dios llegó el momento indicado para empezarlo. Y vaya libro, de verdad. (Suponiendo que ya se habrán leído la sinopsis, sólo me adentraré en mi opinión acerca del libro, ya que no quiero extenderme demasiado.)

Uno, hablemos de la trama. A primera vista, al leer l
Jun 13, 2014 Dem rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dem by: August Book Club Read
Shelves: bookclub-reads
3.5 Stars

I had great difficulty in rating and reviewing this book as I would hate to discourage anyone from reading it and yet some people just wont like it and therefore I think you really have to decide for yourself if you want to really find out The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair.

This was a book club read and I am not a great lover of thrillers and especially ones that are over 600 pages long.
I started this book and to be honest I was caught up immediately in the plot and found myse
Aug 28, 2016 Vale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi cabeza sigue procesando la intensidad y perfección de esta novela.
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Dec 21, 2015 The Books Blender rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

La recensione è presente anche sul blog:

Prima di scrivere questa recensione, ho dovuto un po' meditarci sopra. Quindi, abbi pazienza e spero di non annoiarti mentre ti riassumo il processo che mi ha condotto poi a questa valutazione finale.

Primo punto: l'ho finito in meno di un giorno. È vero: finire in breve tempo un libro non è indice che si sta leggendo un capolavoro. E, infatti, "Il caso di Harry Quebert" NON è un capolavoro, ma un libro d'intrattenim
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EU QUERO GRITAR AO MUNDO INTEIRO QUE ESTE É DOS MELHORES LIVROS QUE LI NA VIDA!!!!!!!!!!!!! LEIAM!!!! Façam este favor às vossas vidas. Que história FANTÁSTICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Ecrivain suisse de langue française, Joël Dicker est né à Genève le 16 juin 1985.

Sa famille est originaire de France et de Russie.

C’est à Genève que Joël effectuera toute sa scolarité. A l’âge de 19 ans, assez peu stimulé par l’école, il s’offre une parenthèse au Cours Florent à Paris, avant d’étudier finalement le droit à l’Université de Genève, d’où il sortira diplômé en 2010.

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“Un bon livre, Marcus, est un livre que l’on regrette d’avoir terminé.” 71 likes
“Marcus, ¿sabe cuál es el único modo de medir cuánto se ama a alguien?
-Perdiendo a esa persona”
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