August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods, never to be heard from again; the day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.
Thirty-three years later, Marcus Goldman, a successful young novelist, visits Somerset to see his mentor, Harry Quebert, one of the country’s most respected writers, and to find a cure for his writer’s block as his publisher’s deadline looms. But Marcus’s plans are violently upended when Harry is suddenly and sensationally implicated in the cold-case murder of Nola Kellergan—whom, he admits, he had an affair with. As the national media convicts Harry, Marcus launches his own investigation, following a trail of clues through his mentor’s books, the backwoods and isolated beaches of New Hampshire, and the hidden history of Somerset’s citizens and the man they hold most dear. To save Harry, his own writing career, and eventually even himself, Marcus must answer three questions, all of which are mysteriously connected: Who killed Nola Kellergan? What happened one misty morning in Somerset in the summer of 1975? And how do you write a book to save someone’s life?
Pages: 643 (Paperback)
Publisher: Published May 27th 2014 by Penguin Books (first published September 19th 2012)
Rating: 6 out of 10
Source: Checked out from the library
Date Completed: December 19, 2014
I was not at the Professors and Partners book club meeting where The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker was selected. I still do not know how or why the book was chosen. When I started reading, I was intrigued and the premise was interesting. As the book progressed, I wanted to know what happened, but was bored. The plot twists kept coming and being resolved, but not in ways that were both realistic and satisfying.
I am counting this book for the following challenge:
2014 Chunkster Reading Challenge: At 643 pages, this is certainly a chunkster