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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair
The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair: A Novel | Joël Dicker
Instant New York Times Bestseller “Unimpeachably terrific.” —The New York Times Book Review One of CBS This Morning’s 6 “Must-Have Titles for Your Summer Reading List” The publishing phenomenon topping bestseller lists around the world, with sales of more than two million copies in Europe and rights sold in more than forty countries, The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair is a fast-paced, tightly plotted, cinematic literary thriller, and an ingenious book within a book, by a dazzling young writer. August 30, 1975: the day fifteen-year-old Nola Kellergan is glimpsed fleeing through the woods, never to be heard from again; 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 the country’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 own 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 book to save someone’s life? From the Trade Paperback edition.
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TheLudicReader
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rachaich
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Oh my. Words don't do justice here.
How many plot twists and turns? And the ace characters?
The last chapter opens with a quote about how a reader should feel when finishing a book; that's how I'm feeling now. 😣😊😣😊

Cathythoughts I‘m only starting but I love it ♥️👍🏻 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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Next up for me .... #BlameitonLitsy I saw this in one of @CarolynM ‘s posts this week ... loving it so far 👍🏻♥️

Melissa_J I enjoyed this one. 1mo
Cathythoughts @Melissa_J I can‘t put it down ( I love that about a book 📚😍) 1mo
TrishB Sounds good 👍🏻 1mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB it is 👍🏻😁 1mo
CarolynM It certainly keeps you guessing all the way through. Glad you're enjoying it🙂 1mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM 👍🏻♥️♥️ 1mo
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rachaich
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Book club choice.
Looking forward to starting this huge tome!

Kaye Excellent book. 1mo
rachaich @Kaye it is awesome so far 1mo
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CarolynM
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The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair - a novel written in French, set in the USA and contains kissing.
#FrenchKissingInTheUSA #WanderingJune

JennyM ✔️👏🏼 1mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😁 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I have this on my tbr! 1mo
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CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm I read it on a couple of long flights. I didn't think too hard about it and I enjoyed it. I don't know if all the plot twists would hang together if you were reading it more carefully. 1mo
CarolynM @JennyM Thank you😘 1mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thank you. Would you email me with your postal address? I'd like to send you a little birthday parcel. My email is munchenberg at onthe dot net dot au 1mo
Cinfhen You‘re so kind, thank you for thinking of me 💋 1mo
BarbaraBB I read it under the same circumstances and it‘s a perfect read while travelling! 1mo
TrishB Clever 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts I think this sounds good ! Stacked 1mo
zezeki I loved this one, it was really interesting! 1mo
Centique I just noticed yesterday there is an adaption of this on Netflix. Wonder if it‘s any good - will check IMDB. 😊 PS your new photo is lovely! 1mo
CarolynM @Centique Thank you😊 I didn't know there was an adaptation. It's the sort of story that could be good on film. I'll have to try it sometime. 1mo
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Madison91
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AMAZING! So many suspects, so many wrong directions, great characters. I love this!

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SailorMoon
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It's THAT time of the week! #frideas!!!
I'll start, but do please join in anytime! 🥰🌙

1. It's a tie: GWTW and Adaline
2. Me Before You
3. I guess I'd have to say 11/22/63 by Stephen King. It's not a movie, I know. As a movie, I'd say Twilight: I loved it, but hated the casting choices.
4. It's a tie between Leonardo Di Caprio (dreamy 😍) and Hugh Jackman (c'mon that man can dance, sing, act and play!)
5. The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair

Slajaunie I don‘t have favorite movies or favorite books. What does that say about me? 6mo
SailorMoon @Slajaunie that you either like a lot of stuff or none at all! There's no correct answer, everyone has their own taste!!! 6mo
Slajaunie I like a lot of stuff! 😂 6mo
RadicalReader @SailorMoon never seen someone who is more talented than when they can sing, act and dance and do it all delightfully 5mo
SailorMoon @RadicalReader you should definitely watch "The Greatest Showman" then! It's amazing! 5mo
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booklover984
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I loved this book. It was captivated me from the start. I couldn't put this book down, I had to know how it all ended. I did figure out one of the characters out as a suspect, but it still surprised me in the end on how it went down.
I would recommend this book for sure if you love mystery.
5/5

CarolynM I enjoyed this one too. Haven't been able to get into 7mo
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booklover984
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Currently reading, well, ok, I'm about to start this.
And today is a sick day, so I'm hoping to get a lot of reading in.
#books #reading #bookworm #booknerd

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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

This was a really good book in a lot of ways, I loved how compelling it was and the town, the range of characters. It‘d absolutely have been a pick if I could get round the narrator just never questioning the ‘great love‘ of a 34 yo and a vulnerable 15 yo. Right to the end it was just ‘but they were in love‘ and it made me want to scream. Harry only fell in love with her cause she was pretty, brought him food and thought he was a celebrity?

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Emilymdxn
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I‘m about half way through and enjoying a lot of aspects of it, the writing and the plotting, but when the narrator just DOESN‘T feel icked out by a blatantly paedophile relationship for ten hours it undermines the rest of the plotting and other characters. Maybe this will be explained in the second half but it seems so weird to me now. I also hate passionate love affairs with no real reasons for them to have ever been interested in each other.

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ilikeguns
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"Gli uomini che ammiro di più nella nostra società, Marcus, sono quelli che costruiscono, ponti, grattacieli e imperi. Ma in realtà, i più coraggiosi e ammirevoli sono quelli che riescono a costruire l'amore. Perché non esiste impresa più grande e più difficile."
- La verità sul caso Harry Quebert, Joël Dicker -

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Emilymdxn
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Next book from my audible tbr queue. Trying to plough through them all before I buy any more. Had this one for ages, but now there‘s a tv show I‘m worried I won‘t be able to avoid spoilers so I‘m reading it asap!

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ladyonequestion
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Okay, so meta fiction-ing the hell out of a book does not make it literary. But ignoring that I absolutely loved this book as you never quite know what will happen yet. Unlikely at times, but populated with a Stella cast of bonkers characters. Funny at times too. Makes some good points about the process of writing and about authorship. The meta parts are a little clunky but seem to work in the context.

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ladyonequestion

Just finished the book, watching the TV series. Marcus is already proving to be pretty insufferable! I am hoping he doesn't put me off watching.

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Verity
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Tuesday night tv: the first two parts of The Harry Quebert Affair, which I haven‘t got around to reading and as this has Patrick Dempsey in it I think it may be a good option...

Verity I am however worried that McDreamy really did do it. If only I could find spoilers... 10mo
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jenniferw88
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Cathythoughts Excellent books 💫💫💫 10mo
CouronneDhiver Wow- way to go. That‘s a whole lot of reading 10mo
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Jmrose
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#ReadingResolutions#Beach
The reason I chose this as my beach book because 2 years ago I picked this up to take it to the beach and read it in 2 1/2 days! Great read.

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Lindsay.Butier
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I normally am not into Crime Thrillers and have not gone outside my comfortable reading genre for a long time. Let me tell you though this book was incredible and constantly kept you second guessing "who dun it" with this amazing plot twist at the end I am going to recommend to all my friends

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BooksGirlsCats
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Some fantastic books that I neglected to review at the time!
Lila is moving, haunting, and beautiful, because it's by Marilynn's Robinson.
Reservoir 13 is astonishing. Every page feels hand crafted rather than written. Read it!
Lean In is helping me with tenure track negotiations!
TTATHQA is a book within a book- not my kind of thing, but a gripping mystery/whodunnit!

These are books 7-10 of my #52Booksin2018 (maybe. I lost track)

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Kappadeemom
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Thank you to @irre for sending me an extra book with the #postlit package this month! (Sorry it took a while to post - I‘ve just caught up with all things Litsy) #graduation

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RobertoC
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My first book of J. Dicker, was a gift from my father in law, now Joel has become my favorite author.

Love this book

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TheKidUpstairs
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This was somewhere between a pick and a so-so for me, but I always round up 😁 For a large book, this read incredibly fast. I found the melodramatic style to be a lot of fun (larger than life characters, twists on twists) and reminded me of my early love for Mary Higgins Clark. I did have a few problems that kept it from being a full pick (see spoiler comment for more), but overall I enjoyed it!

#FreakyFriday @irre @monalyisha @Clwojick

TheKidUpstairs The regular, unchecked references to Nola as a slut really bothered me. At one point, a character equates his own homosexuality to the relationship between an adult and a 15 year old child, and this goes unchecked as well (yes, public perception in the 70s may have been similar, but the reference takes place in the present when we all hopefully know better). And I just have a hard time sympathizing with Harry, because SHE WAS 15! A CHILD! 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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1. Definitely female.
2. 11
3. Gold
4. My shelves are a jumble of colours!
5. Diana Gabaldon
6. Somerset

That was fun! I always enjoy your quizzes, @Kaye 😁

Kaye Thanks.. I enjoy dropping something in here once in awhile .... I don‘t like a Quiet Litsy. 😳 It‘s more fun to keep it moving. ✨✨✨✨✨✨ 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Farewell, ridiculously comfy hotel reading chair! #itsashame I have to leave you and drive out into the impending ice storm, but the dudes await!

#Aprella
@Cinfhen @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Be safe!!! ☺️ 1y
Cinfhen Ice storm?!?! Really!?!!? Stay safe and that‘s ridiculous....you need sunshine ☀️ 1y
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AmyG Drive carefully. Yikes 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen yes, I do! The sun is coming! Eventually. I think. I hope. Please, dear God, let it come! 1y
TheKidUpstairs @AmyG Thanks! I will be going slowly. 1y
emilyhaldi Ahhh, always a shame to have to leave your reading spot 😑 1y
Mdargusch Ugh. Be safe! 1y
Reviewsbylola Great reading spot! 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG @Cinfhen @Mdargusch Thank you all for your well wishes! The dudes and I are all home safe and sound. 1y
Cinfhen Oh good 🙏🏻 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! ❤️ 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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I should be folding laundry. I should be tidying the house. I should be packing, because the husband and I are going away for an overnight and the kids are sleeping over at my brother's.

And yet.....

#FreakyFriday @irre @monalyisha @Clwojick

irre It‘s a big book, but it didn‘t take me long to read. It‘s so engaging. I even got my husband to read it and he reads about 1 book per year 😜 1y
TheKidUpstairs @irre it's definitely flying by! I read almost 200 pages yesterday! 1y
AlaMich Chores are overrated. It‘ll all still be there when you get back!! 😅 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Drizzly, cold days call for the BIG mug of tea. Cracking this #chunkster for my next #FreakyFriday read!

@irre @monalyisha @Clwojick

Cinfhen Is that a Dargusch mug??? 1y
AmyG I heard good things about this book. 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen Nope, it's my #MugLove mug from @TK421 😁 1y
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TheKidUpstairs @AmyG I'm intrigued by it! I plan to read The History of Love after, which I think would make an interesting pairing, both books about books but I think quite different styles! 1y
misslala I have this. Been on my TBR list for a while. 1y
BeckyLeJ I love that book! 1y
BarbaraBB It is a real page turner, I remember finishing it very fast! 1y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders I have this on my shelf!! I'm so encouraged to hear it was a page burner!! 1y
TK421 Yay! The mug is in circulation!😊 1y
Carolhreads What are those triangle things on the plate they look like pizza rolls almost they look good what ever they are :) 1y
CoffeeK8 💖 that mug! 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Carolhreads they're samosas! Super yummy 😁 1y
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BookaholicNatty
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Good morning fellow Littens! Hope everyone has a great Wednesday! Curious if anyone is familiar with this book and liked it?

C.Perone I‘m not, but diggin‘ that cover 1y
Bookcation74 I read it a couple years ago and really liked it! 1y
Becker I haven‘t read it yet but plan to. I heard a lengthy interview with the author and was really intrigued. 1y
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Kaye I also read it and liked it a lot. Very good ! 1y
SunsetConductor I read it a couple years ago. I don‘t remember it well, but I didn‘t love it. 1y
Yvonnel I really enjoyed this book. It‘s a novel within a novel and really well done! 1y
irre I loved it! 1y
CarolynM I read it on 2 long haul flights. It was perfect for that situation and I really enjoyed it. I'm not sure whether the plot would stand up to scrutiny if you were properly concentrating on it 1y
Amandajoy I bought it on the recommendation of an indie bookseller but haven‘t read it yet 😔 1y
Tonton Read it and I wanted to like it more 1y
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mirellalella86

Last year's reading. One of the best books I have ever read.

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BookishMe
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Mehso-so

#JaninBooks18 Books with long titles - I finished reading these books in the first week of the year

This thriller was too 'rambly' with predictable plot twists and chapters wasted on red herrings. The narrative style was a redeeming point

Backman's #novella was a fraction of the the thriller's length, yet conveyed so much more with fewer pages.

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The narration style keeps me going through this slow-paced whodunit #nowreading #currentread

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av.skull
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"Chi osa vince, Marcus. Pensa a questo motto ogni volta che affronti una scelta difficile. Chi osa vince."
- La verità sul caso Herry Quebert

#joeldicker #herryquebert

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Kaye
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Very impressive book by a 30 year old . The book is a mystery within a mystery. as it starts with a young writer who has just written his first big book, then develops writers block. He contacts his old college teacher to help get him back on track. The teacher gives him a small piece of information which turns into an obsession. The boy wants to solve this decades old mystery. A wonderfully told story.

AmyG A friend recommended this to me. 2y
Kaye Yes I was surprised by it. I'm not a huge mystery-suspense type reader but this one had a nice story behind it. A very different book and very good. Let me know if you read it and how you like it :) 2y
Aloisi_tribe I just bought this on Kindle last week because it's a book that has stuck with me since I read it two years ago and I wanted to reread it. There are only a handful of books I reread because there's so many new books out there. 2y
Kaye Yep. It was really good. Hope you like it the 2nd time just as much. ❤️ 2y
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Melli

After finishing this book I really don't know what I should read next.. Maybe something fun and light..

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Melli
Pickpick

Even thought it was little drawn out I really like it, never would have guessed the ending at all it made the whole book worth it.

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psychedelicrae1
Pickpick

It was a great book! Every page was another surprise! I never would have guessed the ending! But I loved every page.

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psychedelicrae1

That life has very little meaning. And that writing gave life meaning.

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Melli
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Reading a new book from my selves.. goal read books I have had over a year this is the third one on the growing list.

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psychedelicrae1
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I don't normally read books like this but I happened across it and decided to just enjoy it. I did not regret that choice. Can't wait to find out what happens next.

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BarbaraBB
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Pickpick

Perfect holiday read, couldn't put it down - while it is pretty heavy 😉. So this is me, at night, reading on and on.

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DoraSantosMarques
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Pickpick

Looooooooved it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A_Biblioteca_da_Joao Também adorei! 2y
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obbi89
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"Chi ha il diritto di dire che hai perso, se tu senti di aver vinto?"

#joeldicker #harryquebert #thriller #bestbooks #bookaholic #italianbooks #quotes #favourites #booksilove #ebook #kindle

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LubicaP
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Ugh. Granted that effort went into the structure and plot but the female characters really grated on me. Does Nola serve a purpose other than massaging Harry's enormous ego? I only finished this because it was a book club pick.

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zezeki
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This book kept me up until 2a.m. I simply couldn't go to bed before finding out how it ends. And it was totally worth it.
#sleepisfortheweak

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batsy
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Stopped by a remainders book outlet earlier; it's one of my fav places for good book deals and totally my idea of #funfunfun. I was happy to get these two (plus one more in the next post). Bolaño is, well, Bolaño! And I've been curious about this Joël Dicker book for some time. #rockinmay @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I agree! Any book shopping is my idea of #funfunfun too 😍😍 2y
Cinfhen And I've heard really good things about Harry... 2y
batsy @Cinfhen I'm excited to read it! But, knowing me, it might take awhile to get to it 😬 2y
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Simona I love it! It's not typical mystery story, because of the very thoughtful (and good) characterization ... and involves writers and books! 2y
batsy @Simona Oh, that's good to know! And yes, it was the writers and books part that caught my attention ☺️ 2y
Simona But don't expect 'the best book of the year'. Blurb is a little too much brave. 2y
batsy @Simona 😀 2y
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Evelien
Mehso-so

Finaly finshed this bad boy! I don't really know how i feel about this one. A lot happens. Maybe to much. But this book kept me guessing the entire time!

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Ange44
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Pickpick

I loved this book so much! It's over 600 pages but it flew by so quickly because I just couldn't put it down. A great murder mystery that's also about books. A great combination!

Suet624 Sold! Stacked.... 2y
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Ange44
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I'm settled in for the night and I'm really enjoying this book so far!

irre I loved this one! 2y
Ange44 @irre I just finished it and I loved it! So fun. 2y
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Evelien
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Starting the weekend with a new book, a blanket, a cup of tea (already empty) and my (fake) bunnies slippers.

asmadasbirds I loved this book! Hope you enjoy it :) 2y
Zelma Sounds like a great weekend start! 👍 2y
Evelien @asmadasbirds i'm a few paiges in and so far i like it 2y
Evelien @Zelma wish i could start all weekend like this 2y
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Peaslady
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Painfully unrealistic dialogue and characters. Dicker patronises the reader by spoon feeding and repeatedly summarising to help you navigate the narrative u-turns. EVERYONE has a dodgy story, it's a glut of over-engineered 'twists' - the lazy way to write a page turner. And a book about a person writing a book who is writing a book - really??! I did make it to the end. But only because it's a whodunnit.