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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

I couldn't put this book down! When life's necessities forced me to momentarily set it aside, my mind stayed behind with Marcus, Harry, and Nola while my body accomplished whatever necessary tasks stood in the way of my return to this engrossing tale.  What I loved most about this novel is that despite its sizable length, IT JUST KEPT GETTING BETTER! When was the last time you read a 600+ page novel that got better with every turn of a page? It's happened to me before but lately finding a novel like that is a little like a Bigfoot sighting.  

A critic called The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair "the great thriller that everyone has been waiting for since the Millennium Trilogy of Stieg Larsson." I loved Stieg Larsson's work and will continue to recommend it but, with all due respect to the great success of  the Millennium Trilogy, I liked the Harry Quebert Affair much better. Dicker delivers a deliciously twisty suspense thriller, continually ratcheting up reader engagement until the final page. It's not all white knuckle mystery solving though. The witty, dry personality of main character Marcus Goldman had me laughing out loud more than once. I fell so completely in love with the characters in this novel I recall them now with a fondness only made possible through the word smithing brilliance of Joël Dicker. 

Some books are so good it would be criminal to enjoy them in only one format. This is one of them. With that in mind, I downloaded the audio version as well and I can't wait to enjoy the sleuthing efforts of Marcus Goldman a second time.

You will find an official plot line description at: https://www.goodreads.com/search?utf8=✓&query=The+Truth+About+the+Harry+Quebert+affair.

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