The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker
(Penguin Books, 2014, 656 pages)
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker and translated from the French by Sam Taylor is exhausting, in a good way. It is over 600 pages long, but reads like half that size. It is quick paced with twists and turns and flashbacks. The novel is about a young writer, Marcus Goldman, whose first novel is a bestseller. Marcus develops writer’s block and calls his friend and mentor, Harry Quebert, to help him over the blockage. Harry invites Marcus to stay with him at his home, Goose Cove, in Somerset, New Hampshire. During that stay, Marcus discovers that 33 years ago Harry who was 34 at the time was in love with a 15 year old girl named Nola Kellergan. Nola disappeared and left Harry heartbroken. Then, Nola’s body is discovered buried on Harry’s property. Harry is accused of murder. Marcus sets out to clear Harry’s murder charge. Things take off from there.
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is an international bestseller in France, Italy, and Spain. Joel Dicker, the author, was born in Geneva, Switzerland in 1985, but spent his childhood summers in New England. I have read both good and bad reviews of this book, but I definitely come down on the “I enjoyed it” side. Just when I thought that I knew the truth about Harry Quebert, I found out that I didn’t. I was guessing until very close to the end.