Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Verdade Sobre O Caso Harry Quebert” as Want to Read:
A Verdade Sobre O Caso Harry Quebert
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Verdade Sobre O Caso Harry Quebert

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  51,424 Ratings  ·  6,343 Reviews
Aos vinte e oito anos Marcus Goldman viu sua vida se transformar radicalmente. Seu primeiro livro tornou-se um best-seller, ele virou uma celebridade e assinou um contrato milionário para um novo romance. E então foi acometido pela doença dos escritores. A poucos meses do prazo para a entrega do novo original, pressionado por seu editora e por seu agente, Marcus não conseg ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published May 8th 2014 by Intrínseca (first published September 19th 2012)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Verdade Sobre O Caso Harry Quebert, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This answer contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
This question contains spoilers… (view spoiler)
Catherine Letendre This bothered me as well. Instead of putting a wrong right, he just wronged another book to balance things out. A bad book for a good book.…moreThis bothered me as well. Instead of putting a wrong right, he just wronged another book to balance things out. A bad book for a good book. Disappointing.(less)
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
La Vérité sur la verité sur l'affaire Harry Quebert

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


"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
Aug 01, 2015 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
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.
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
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
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
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
Reto #43 PopSugar 2018: Un libro que estaba siendo leído por un extraño en un lugar publico
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 el autor, cada poc
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
Mar 09, 2015 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
Nieves Abarca
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
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?
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
¿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 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
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
Teresa Proença
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
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
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
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
¿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
The Books Blender
Dec 21, 2015 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
Franco  Santos
Jul 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me gustó muchísimo este libro. Lo recomiendo absolutamente. Jamás me encontré con una historia con tantos giros y un caso que parece simple al principio pero que a medida que las páginas pasan se torna más y más complejo, hasta llegar a un final que me dejó boquiabierto.
Sara Bow
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutes Highlight !
Arybo ✨
🇬🇧 «Run, 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. Waste o
Denise Duncan
Dec 28, 2013 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
Jun 25, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 16, 2016 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
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Au revoir là-haut
  • El lector de Julio Verne  (Episodios de una guerra interminable #2)
  • Legado en los huesos (Trilogía del Baztán, #2)
  • Temps glaciaires (Commissaire Adamsberg #10)
  • Peste & Choléra
  • La marca del meridiano
  • Le Club des incorrigibles optimistes
  • Para Onde Vão Os Guarda-Chuvas
  • Puzzle
  • Du domaine des murmures
  • Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit
  • Charlotte
  • O Espião Português
  • Betibú
  • The Reader on the 6.27
  • The Summer of Dead Toys (Inspector Salgado #1)
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.

Depuis son plus jeu
More about Joël Dicker

Fiction Deals

  • Mercy Among the Children
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Darkness There: Selected Tales by Edgar Allan Poe [Kindle in Motion]
    $1.99 $0.99
  • An Empty Cup
    $3.99 $1.99
  • I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Abby's Journey
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Underground River
    $12.99 $2.99
  • The Word Game
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Fraulein M.
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Sister of Mine
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Bury What We Cannot Take
    $5.99 $2.99
  • Chomp
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Searching for Grace Kelly
    $15.99 $1.99
  • Bricking It
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Fifth of March: A Story of the Boston Massacre (Great Episodes)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • Starfish
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Thunder and Rain
    $9.99 $2.99
  • All Grown Up
    $9.99 $2.99
  • The Light of Hidden Flowers
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Olive's Ocean
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Ecstasy
    $13.99 $1.99
  • The Elephant Keeper's Daughter
    $5.99 $2.99
  • The Virtues of Oxygen
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Home to Harmony (Harmony #1)
    $11.14 $1.99
  • Dog Crazy
    $7.99 $1.99
  • The Towers of Tuscany
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Noticer: Sometimes, all a person needs is a little perspective
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Who We Were Before
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Reluctant Midwife (Hope River, #2)
    $10.49 $1.99
  • Sin No More (Reverend Curtis Black)
    $10.39 $1.99
  • The List
    $7.99 $2.99
  • Lost & Found
    $5.74 $1.99
  • A Watershed Year
    $3.99 $0.99
  • Savage
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Designer
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Novice: A Story of True Love
    $10.74 $1.99
  • Go Away Home
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Leaving of Things
    $4.49 $1.99
  • Train I Ride
    $6.99 $1.99
  • We'll Always Have Paris: Stories
    $9.99 $1.99
  • The Hidden Flower
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Greyhound
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Heart Mender: A Story of Second Chances
    $9.99 $1.99
  • This Burns My Heart
    $10.99 $1.99
  • The Journeys of Socrates
    $10.99 $1.99
  • Annie on My Mind
    $9.99 $1.20
  • An Absent Mind
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Book of Ruth
    $18.99 $1.99
  • Smoke
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Sisterhood of Blackberry Corner
    $7.99 $1.99
  • The Covenant
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Digging In
    $5.99 $2.99
  • The Confessions of Catherine de Medici
    $11.99 $12.99
  • The Traveling Vampire Show
    $3.99 $0.99
  • The Long Way Home
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Going Home
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Girl in the Glass
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Super Sad True Love Story
    $11.99 $2.99
  • Prayers and Lies
    $14.99 $1.99
  • Go the F**k to Sleep
    $8.99 $1.99
  • Fat Chance
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Just a Couple of Days
    $17.99 $1.99
  • The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudor Court, #3)
    $12.99 $2.99
  • The Daughter of Union County
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Fighting Ground
    $6.49 $1.99
  • The Sugar Men
    $3.99 $1.99
  • The Last Storyteller: A Novel Of Ireland
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing
    $5.99 $1.99
  • Vengeance Road
    $9.99 $2.99
  • Every Note Played
    $11.99 $3.99
  • Asymmetry
    $13.99 $3.99
  • The Rules of Magic
    $11.99 $4.99
  • Mrs. Fletcher
    $12.99 $3.99
  • The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go
    $11.99 $3.99
  • Ungifted
    $7.99 $1.99
  • Julie of the Wolves
    $6.99 $1.99
  • Mrs. Saint and the Defectives
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Stiltsville: A Novel
    $10.99 $1.99
  • To the Bright Edge of the World
    $11.99 $2.99
  • The Patriots
    $11.99 $1.99
  • The Flicker of Old Dreams
    $9.99 $1.99
  • All the Good Parts
    $3.99 $1.99
  • At Risk
    $17.99 $1.99
  • The Food of Love
    $3.99 $1.99
  • So Long, See You Tomorrow
    $11.99 $2.99
  • A Scattered Life
    $3.99 $1.99
  • Every Ugly Word
    $3.99 $1.99
  • A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London's Flower Sellers
    $11.99 $1.99
  • Desert God (Ancient Egypt, #5)
    $9.99 $1.99
  • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1)
    $8.99 $2.99
  • The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds (Malayan #1)
    $3.99 $1.99
  • An Amish Buggy Ride
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Old Yeller
    $6.99 $1.99
  • The Secret Healer (The Secret Healer #1)
    $3.49 $0.99
  • Elizabeth Street
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Gates of Rome (Emperor, #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane
    $4.99 $1.99
  • It Is Well
    $4.99 $1.99
  • A Sinful Calling (Reverend Curtis Black #13)
    $9.99 $2.99
  • On a Cold Dark Sea
    $4.99 $1.99
  • My Lady Viper (Tales from the Tudor Court #1)
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Kings of Broken Things
    $4.99 $1.99
  • Edward Adrift
    $4.49 $1.99
  • The Restaurant Critic's Wife
    $3.99 $1.99
“Un bon livre, Marcus, est un livre que l’on regrette d’avoir terminé.” 84 likes
“Marcus, ¿sabe cuál es el único modo de medir cuánto se ama a alguien?
-Perdiendo a esa persona”
More quotes…