This sprawling Swiss crime novel has taken Europe by storm and could well prove a similar phenomenon in its English language edition. The tale of a young writer and his complex entanglement with an older more established novelist who is now a main suspect in the death of a young woman who disappeared many years earlier, this is a story full of twists and is as much about crime as it is about the nature of friendship, creation, evil and lust. The plot advances with all the complicated paths of the branches of a tree, spreading in all directions, which might irritate many readers, but one always feels the author remains in control. Literary in its ambitions and popular in its scope, a major achievement and well worth the time. ~
August 30, 1975.The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence. That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted protege - throws off his writer's block to clear his mentor's name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of 'The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America.' But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.
Closing date: 06/09/2018
Seldom can a new book in the crime genre have enjoyed such extravagant praise – and caused such bitter controversy; this weighty and unusual novel quickly accrued massive enthusiasm, against accusations that the book was being over-hyped. In August 1975, in Somerset New Hampshire, tyro author Harry Quebert falls in love with teenage Nola, but several weeks later her body is discovered in the grounds of his seaside home – along with a manuscript copy of his novel. He is the only suspect. Whichever camp – pro or con – you finally decide to come down on the side of, this remains a novel that deserves your attention.
'A spellbinding literary thriller ... It is maddeningly, deliciously impossible to guess the truth'
Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
'The cleverest, creepiest book you'll read this year ... Twin Peaks meets Atonement meets In Cold Blood' Gaby Wood, Daily Telegraph
'A tour de force, this seems set to be a huge success
Patricia Nicol, Metro
Publication date: 07/05/2015
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Publication date: 01/05/2014
Publisher: MacLehose Press an imprint of Quercus Publishing Plc
|Publication date:||7th May 2015|
|Publisher:||Quercus Publishing Plc|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Fiction in translation,|
Joel Dicker was born in Geneva in 1985, where he studied Law. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair was nominated for the Prix Goncourt and won the Grand Prix du Roman de l'Academie Francaise and the Prix Goncourt des Lyceens. Sam Taylor is a novelist and journalist who has lived in France for more than a decade. His first literary translation was Laurence Binet's bestselling HHhH, which was longlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. Author photo © Caroline ForbesMore About Joel Dicker