Saturday, April 12, 2014

Pre Pub Book Buzz: The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

Morning, all. It's time to share my latest addition to the wish list!

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair caught my attention just last month and has rocketed to the top of my must have list, in part thanks to some of the promo the author has been posting on Twitter. (Which so far has included fake newspaper articles as well as other fun teasers.) It doesn't hurt that Gaby Wood at Telegraph calls it the "smartest, creepiest book you'll read this year." Oh, and it's a doorstopper weighing in at 656 pages. With the weather warming up I could definitely use a really great, engaging and LONG read that's both smart and creepy! I'm already daydreaming about getting that fun version of the farmer's tan that results from a long afternoon in the sun reading (you know, cuts off at the forearms thanks to the shade from the book!).

So it's a French thriller, written by a Swiss author, due out in the UK May 1 (from Quercus's MacLehose imprint) and hitting shelves here in the States May 27 (Viking). Here's the description from Goodreads for you:

August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods before she disappears; 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 America’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 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 successful and true novel?

Oh, I'm dying to read it! Dying I tell you!

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