August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Somerset, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.
That summer, struggling author Harry Quebert fell in love with fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan. Thirty-three years later, her body is dug up from his yard, along with a manuscript copy of the novel that made him a household name. Quebert is the only suspect.
Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted protégé - throws off his writer's block to clear his mentor's name. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon merge into one. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of 'The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America'.
But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.
I'm not sure how I missed reading this book when it came out. I may still not have read it until I saw a really strong recommendation. This is a very long book at 600+ pages so it was a commitment to read it, but I am so glad I did.
I've seen some reviews that don't rate this book at all, and to begin with I was unsure where 600+ pages was going to take me. I'm so, so glad that I stuck with this book as it was unlike anything I have ever read before. The nearest thing I can equate it to is the TV series How To Get Away with Murder as it has a similar way of twisting what you thought you knew and going back and forth over the events of 1975.
I've also read that some people think it's repetitive, that didn't bother me. One thing this does ensure is that you become fully immersed in this book - I can't stop thinking about it now. It's also translated from French and at no point did I ever even think of that - the translation is just superb.
To me the plot was just genius, something I never expected from the description of the book. There is no way to say much more, as to do so would give something away. If you enjoy Agatha Christie I would say that this is a book you would enjoy also. A little bit like the Mousetrap - a secret you just have to know about to appreciate it and I am so glad someone let me know it was a book I needed to read.
Unusually for me I bought this book as a paperback instead of on kindle. I think it added to the experience and helped me to better see my progress through the pages.
I'm giving this book 5 out of 5 stars.