Monday, May 26, 2014

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

The problems we get ourselves into….

Harry had an affair with a 15 year old girl who ended up dead.  A bestselling author and esteemed professor he ends up in jail on a murder charge.

His student and our narrator, Marcus, has a huge hit then can't write anymore.  Will he sell out his mentor to get a bestselling book?

Dicker is a French hit author and this book has sold over a million copies in Europe.  It will be made into a movie.  For no logical reason it reminds me of Norman Mailer (the macho, male perspective, intellectual but manly, east coast, young girls).

On the plus side Dicker can tell a story and keeps the pace moving at a great speed.  I got caught up.  If only he could have researched US law a little.  The story is so implausible and incongruent with how our system works, I did have more than a few of my "oh come on" moments which detracts from an otherwise great story.

Worth it?  Sure.

Will it sell? Absolutely.  Such a feel to the book…you get caught up...

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