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La verdad sobre el caso Harry Quebert

(Marcus Goldman #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  62,825 ratings  ·  7,439 reviews
Una novela de suspense a tres tiempos -1975, 1998 y 2008- acerca del asesinato de una joven de quince años en la pequeña ciudad de Aurora, en New Hampshire.

En 2008, Marcus Goldman, un joven escritor, visita a su mentor -Harry Quebert, autor de una aclamada novela- y descubre que éste tuvo una relación secreta con Nola Kellergan. Poco después, Harry es arrestado y acusado d
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Paperback, 672 pages
Published June 19th 2013 by Alfaguara (first published September 19th 2012)
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Amanda
May 31, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Manny
La Vérité sur la verité sur l'affaire Harry Quebert

"Reading bestsellers is like boxing, Marcus. They can both cause brain damage."

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"But wait," said Gahalowood. "I still don't understand. Why is the book so badly written? Why is the writing so atrocious that every other sentence causes the reader physical pain, why is the dialogue so flat, and why are none of the characters even remotely credible?"

I sighed. "You see," I said, "that's exactly the point. The book is
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Jim Fonseca
This is an unusual book and a great mystery/detective story. It’s unusual in that it’s set in New England and you would never know that it was translated from the French. The Swiss author used to spend his summers in Maine.

The story is Lolita-ish. Thirty-three years ago a college English professor/famous author from New Hampshire fell in love with a 15-year old girl. But unlike Humbert, Nabakov’s predator, this author genuinely tried to block his emotions – discouraging the girl from visiting hi
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Annet
'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
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Jaline
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This novel reinforces for me why I love big books so much:

(1) They cover a lot of territory without feeling rushed or cramped.
(2) They leave room for many different sub-plots to add spice and enhancement to the main plot.
(3) Their expansiveness, when utilized properly, allows the reader to live thoroughly the experiences in the book, sharing space with the characters, and getting to know them.

In this novel, I was completely occupied with being surprised, shocked, and moved by the characters; som
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Tommy Wallach
Aug 01, 2014 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.
Harris
Jun 20, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Charlène
Jan 21, 2013 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
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Beatriz
Reto #50 PopSugar 2018: Un libro recomendado por alguien más que este realizando el Popsugar Reading Challenge
Concuerdo plenamente con la sinopsis del libro y creo que es su mejor característica: La verdad sólo llega al final de un largo, intrincado y apasionante recorrido. A los pocos capítulos es imposible no darse cuenta que esta será de esas novelas en que la gracia es acompañar al personaje principal en el descubrimiento de pistas y más pistas que permitirán resolver el misterio, mientras
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Andrew Smith
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
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Derenai
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
Denisse
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 the writer. Well done Dicker.


«Todo el mundo sabe escribir, pero no todo el mundo
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Allegra
Jun 27, 2013 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
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
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Mia Nauca
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Toda una joya de novela negra/policial/thriller, desde el primer capítulo te atrapa en una historia llena de giros argumentales, pasión y engaños.

Debo decir que nunca me había pasado que un libro me sorprendiera tanto con un final, en el que realmente no me imaginaba quien era el asesino.

Este libro se ha convertido en uno de mis favoritos este año, pero sí tuve un problema grande con el y fueron sus personajes femeninos que realmente me resultaron insulsos y cansinos, toda su vida giraba en tor
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Meg
Jul 09, 2014 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?
Joaquin Garza
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Como noir es terrible. Desastroso. Como lectura de camastro es triunfal.

Dios santo… podría empezar a enumerar la cantidad cosas que están tan mal en este libro, pero… No, olvídenlo. Mejor sí las voy a listar.

¿Qué es lo que hace a un libro bueno? Y estoy hablando de ficción de género, no ficción literaria. En realidad, siendo totalmente objetivos, para que un libro sea ‘bueno’ tiene que exceder las expectativas en tres cosas muy pequeñas: trama, prosa y caracterización. Y nada más. No es algo t
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Nancy Martira
Jul 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diane S ☔
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Manny
MANNY: Hello and welcome back to our continuing coverage of Let's Trash Joël Dicker Week. With me in the studio, I have three experts who are going to offer us their diverse viewpoints on Dicker's controversial bestseller La Verité sur l'affaire Harry Quebert. I'm happy to introduce Manny and Manny--

MANNY: Good afternoon.

MANNY: Delighted to be here.

MANNY: --and, last but not least, Manny's girlfriend, who is going to try to introduce a note of sanity to the proceedings.

MANNY: I'm sorry, Not coul
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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
Alberto
¿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
María
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
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Teresa
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-suica, 2e
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
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Wilier
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was ok
¿Quien mató a Nola Kellergan ó quien se &/%$ a Nola Kellergan?

Partimos de la premisa clásica de no saber quien rayos mató a determinado personaje, por momento pensamos que esto será el tema principal del libro pero de momentos esta idea se debate por quien se acostó con Nola o quien abusó de ella, lo que te deja bastante confundido la verdad.

El personaje de Nola está completamente sexualizado. Siendo menor de edad el autor se mete en aguas pantanosas en este aspecto y creo que no supo maneja
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Franco  Santos
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Me gustó mucho este libro, de todas formas, me pareció en extremo excesiva la cantidad de plot-twists. Creo que uno de los factores que forman un buen libro de misterio es lo natural, lo ordinario, es hacer creer al lector que casi nada es sospechoso, porque si todo lo es, no hay forma de sorprender. En esta novela la totalidad de sus personajes actúan de maneras un tanto inverosímiles a fin de mantener una intriga que no se logra nunca, no realmente, porque el simple hecho de que no haya un bue ...more
Arybo ✨
🇬🇧 «Fly, you fools!»

Short comment:

an intriguing beginning, second fourth indigestible, third fourth unbearable, last fourth half unbearable, half acceptable. Characters stupid, egocentric, superficial, unbearable. Unacceptable romance, insubstantial literary story, mystery that resumes in the final. A great flop.

Longer comment (possible spoilers):
Each chapter begins with a "advice" that the famous Harry Quebert gives to his pupil Marcus during his life. Each advice occupies one page. Was
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The Books Blender
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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Sara Bow
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Joel Dicker was born in 1985 in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied law. He spent childhood summers in New England, particularly in Stonington and Bar Harbor, Maine. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair won three French literary prizes, including the Grand Prix du Roman from the Académie Française, and was a finalist for the Prix Goncourt. Dicker lives in Geneva.

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