Novel – The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair


Dicker, Joel. 2014. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair. Toronto : HarperCollins Canada.

Genre : Novel
Target audience: Second Cycle Students

A summary as described by the publisher

August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day Aurora, New Hampshire, lost its innocence.

That summer 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 his career-defining novel. 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 blur together. 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. Joël Dicker’s phenomenal European bestseller is a brilliantly intricate murder mystery, a hymn to the boundless reaches of the imagination, and a love story like no other. Nothing you’ve read or even felt before can prepare you for The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair.


Since I have been a mom, I don’t read as many novels as I used to. I could easily read 15 novels a year before motherhood and now I read a maximum of 5. Since I read less, I want to read really good stuff. This has been my favourite read in YEARS. I could not put it down. I read it in four days although it is over 600 pages, then lent it to my neighbour who beat me by two days. It is the time of book where you feel sad when it ends because you want more. I was attached to the characters and still think about them months after ! Hoping this will convince you to get it. Perfect read for the March break coming up !

I read it in French but is has been translated in many languages.

– Tanja Vaillancourt, Pedagogical Consultant

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