A great mystery with a complex story that twist and turn in different directions and of course a few surprises along the way.
In 1975, a teen girl disappeared in rural New Hampshire. In 2008, author Marcus Goldberg, struggling with inspiration, visits his mentor, famed writer Harry Quebert, and is shocked when the body of the missing teen is found on Harry's property. Harry is soon arrested for the crime (the girl had been his underage girlfriend in 1975), and Marcus has found the topic for his next book. Styled as a novel-within-a-novel, this complex and twisting story comes in at a hefty 600+ pages as it follows Marcus' efforts to find out what happened in 1975.
A good story that gets bogged down in too many words. The book/story could have been chopped by about a quarter with some quality editing and still maintained the plot. But if you're looking for an entertaining book, then give it a go.
Best book I have read in over a year. Complicated and you have to read closely. Well worth the 600 or so pages.
This was a gift from someone who recommended it highly, so I persevered longer than I would have otherwise. Then I realized this book is leaving me cold because it's lad lit -- male author, male protagonist, a little riff on male coming-of-age, male mentor.... I have greatly enjoyed other books with some of these same characteristics, but in Harry Quebert, the female protagonist is a dead 15-year-old with whom a 34-year-old man had an affair. The female protagonist is dead. The female protagonist is a child with whom an adult man had an affair. Enough. On to one of the hundreds of other books on my shelves.
I enjoyed the first half to two-thirds of this book and then it just got overly complex, boring and far too long.
I enjoyed this book so much I went straight out and bought it to loan to my serious reader friends! It is a bit long at 600+ pages but I loved the authors "philosophical" advice to writers + readers at the start of each chapter. I would categorise this book as a contemporary thriller,I think the author has written it for a "thinking" contemporary thriller reader + not to take the plot too seriously! Recommended.
The most outstanding book I read since the Millennium Trilogy by Larsson. A must read, definitely. I can't describe this book. Everything about it is just mind blowing. Well crafted, a real page turner. It will keep you guessing till the last page. But prepare to be stun. The mystery goes on and on for the whole 640 pages. And there is no dull moment. I'm just waiting for Dicker's next opus.
let's just say one of the worst books i have ever read. enough said.
Exceeded my expectations. A great thiller in the Grisham type of thrillers and the ending kept me interested right to the last page.
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