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Publisher's Summary

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 secured his lasting fame. Quebert is the only suspect.

Marcus Goldman—Quebert’s most gifted protégé - 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.

©2012 Editions de Fallois / L’Âge d’Homme (P)2014 WF Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A spellbinding literary thriller… It is maddeningly, deliciously impossible to guess the truth" (The Time)
"The cleverest, creepiest book you’ll read this year ... Twin Peaks meets Atonement meets In Cold Blood" (Daily Telegraph)
"A tour de force, this seems set to be a huge success" (Metro)
"Quietly compulsive…with a deliciously shocking twist" (Daily Express)
"Big, assertive and clever… hard to resist" (Independent on Sunday)
"Like Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy [it] combines literariness with compulsive readability" (GQ)
"Enough plot twists to fill a truck" (The Economist)

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That s what I call bad writing

Bad, bad, really bad!!

Sometimes it just hurts to keep on reading. The worst of all, the parts with the mother of the character.

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  • elly
  • heemstede, Netherlands
  • 07-13-14

No bestseller in my opinion

Would you listen to The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair again? Why?

No. I'm half way and sit it out but never again.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I'm hoping it will get better but up till now it is a drag. Over sentimental and nothing really happens.

What three words best describe Robert Slade’s performance?

Not too bad but there are better narrators.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No.

Any additional comments?

My husband read it and told me about it. So I got interested, also because it was a nr one on the bestsellers list here in Holland. But I'm disappointed. I'm afraid it was a waist of time, so far. I still hope it will get better, but I'm afraid it won't.

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A beautifully crafted crime-thriller!

What did you love best about The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair?

I thought that the narrator, Robert Slade, did a great job of the characters, giving them life and nuance.

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favourite character was Galloway, a gruff detective who hates Goldman at the start but deep down is looking for justice

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene where Galloway befriends the narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A small town can only have so many secrets.

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  • Kellie Grealy
  • 07-26-17

Very good.

Brilliant! A complex Web of thoughts. I loved the twists and turns easy to follow but thrilling. The voice performance was perfect for the story.

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  • Chris Dunn
  • 06-11-17

The Truth

I did not enjoy this book.
The character stereotypes are annoying
The plot line is simplistic as is the central problem. All Harry had to do was go back to New York or anywhere till his girlfriend was 16. Not pursued
The relentlessness 'loving' dialogue was not digestible.

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  • Kathleen
  • 04-24-17

Kept me guessing till the end

I loved this book. It is a very clever story with well developed characters and a twisty plot.

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  • Kim P-B
  • 02-26-16

As many twists and turns as a trip through the Alps

There were some great messages, plot lines and characters in this, and I did like where the story ended up, but it felt like there were way more twists and turns in there than really served the story. It felt dragged out and some of the plot twists and character's stories felt like they were over the top, they didn't help the story and were trying too hard.

I really struggled with the narration, it let the story down for me. The narration has the job of conveying the energy and emotion behind the words on the page, and when I listened to the words and the way they were being narrated, they so often missed the mark. It was disappointing and often distracting.

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