Sunday, 13 December 2015

Book Review: The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker


My book genres are a classic chic lit or history and period style through and through, but when my friend Ngaire recommended The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker and pressed it into my hand, saying it's a surprising thriller, I took up the challenge. My previous book reviews I describe as ones that 'suck you in' mainly because if I don't get on with the story after a few chapters I won't bother reading or reviewing it. On to the review...

" 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 a fifteen-year-old girl Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect. But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems."

So the facts point straight to Harry, right? It's his author friend and young student he mentored at college, Marcus, who refused to believe this. So Marcus begins his own investigation, writing a book a long the way about what happened on August 30, 1975. Each chapter begins with one of Harry's many life lessons he taught Marcus at college, as well as a blank square, which fills as the investigation goes on (a symbol for Marcus completing his book and investigation). 

At first all the facts seem quite straight forward, then as Marcus starts asking questions around the town he finds out more about Nola which brings up a whole line of suspects. The only problem is because her death was so long ago, there's no hard evidence to charge with. And it soon becomes obvious that even the police force are just as involved with Nola's death as many others from the town of Somerset are.

Right until the end you're still guessing who did it and how everyone could be linked to one girl's death. Dicker does an overview of what actually happened that night and the role of each character onto Nola's death which explains a lot at the beginning! It's interesting how Dicker incorporates the American police force as part of the blame for Nola's death, perhaps a reflection of the corruption currently experienced in America.

Overall I would totally recommend this book, as it's a great option to step out of your reading comfort zone and really gets you thinking - so much so that I had spent many late nights up reading!

Have you read this book before? Any books you recommend I should read?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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