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By Sophia Whitfield

Swiss author Joel Dicker’s extraordinary novel The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair was first published in France to much acclaim. The first noticeable aspect of this book is that it begins at Chapter 31; a literary device Dicker says is meant to keep the reader intrigued enough to continue reading until the culminating Chapter one. It is a gritty thriller full of contradicting stories.

On August 30 1975 fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan disappears from a small town in New Hampshire. Author Harry Quebert, then thirty three, had fallen in love with the ethereal beauty Nola. Years later, with her disappearance still unsolved, Nola’s body is discovered buried underground on the property of Harry Quebert with a copy of Harry’s bestselling book The Origins of Evil by her side.

Marcus Goldman, a young writer whose ability burgeoned under the guidance of the great Harry Quebert, gets in touch with Harry after the early success of his first book has dwindled. Harry had been his professor and his friend, but under the gaze of success Marcus had failed to keep in touch with him. Now as he struggles to put pen to paper with his second novel, Marcus discovers he needs Harry.

Arriving at Harry’s house in New Hampshire Marcus finds a storm brewing he never expected. When the body of Nola Kellergan is discovered Harry is arrested for her murder. Determined to prove his mentor’s innocence Marcus embarks on a book of his own to exonerate Harry of Nola’s murder. As Marcus sets up his own investigation, the nation appears gripped by the affair between literary great and young girl. The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America, Marcus is sure will set the record straight and break his writing drought.

This is a thriller that will keeps the reader gripped as the mystery of Nola’s disappearance twists and turns leaving the reader flummoxed enough to continue reading. This is a book you will not be able to put down.

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