Marcus Goldman’s debut made him a star in the literary world, but that fame has also left him in the maddening grip of writer’s block. Unable to produce a new book, his publisher has begun rumbling about lawsuits and his agent has all but given up on him. When his mentor, acclaimed author Harry Quebert, invites him to visit, offering him a distraction-free chance to relax and concentrate on his writing, Marcus heartily agrees. But still, inspiration doesn’t come. Desperate, Marcus begins a hunt for Harry’s own original manuscript but makes a startling discovery instead: in 1975, Harry met and fell in love with a fifteen-year-old girl named Nola. That same year, Nola disappeared without a trace.
As his time with Harry draws to an end and his deadline comes ever nearer, Marcus is no closer to finishing his book. But upon his return to New York, he receives news that Harry has been arrested for murder. A body – the body of Nola Kellergan – has been discovered on his land and Harry is the prime suspect. Marcus believes his mentor is guilty only of having loved the young girl and vows to prove his innocence. In the process, he also begins to write again.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is one of a handful of books I’ve been looking forward to with great anticipation this year. Fortunately for me it lived up to – and possibly even exceeded – my every expectation. It’s a wonderful mystery and a perfect homage to everything bookish.
The tale is tightly plotted and plays out at the perfect pace, which is fortunate for anyone who may be antsy about a 600+ page debut. Even if the size is somewhat intimidating, I found it to be quite a quick read.
6/14 Becky Lejeune
THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HARRY QUEBERT AFFAIR by Joël Dicker. Penguin Books; First Edition edition (May 27, 2014). ISBN 978-0143126683. 656p.