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 protÃ©gÃ© - 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.
The book of the yearAn expertly realised, addictive Russian doll of a whodunnitA top-class literary thriller that smoothly outclasses its rivalsShould delight any reader who has felt bereft since finishing Gone Girl
, or Stieg Larsson's Millennium TrilogyIt's a terrific story and I'm loving itIt's like 'Twin Peaks' meets Atonement
meets In Cold Blood
- the French thriller everyone is talking aboutAn intricate murder mystery that could be the read of the summerThe tale is expertly told, as unreliable information dances with necessary plot shifts and unexpected moments of catastrophe. An accomplished thrillerPacy, pleasingly complex and addictiveComplex, intriguing and highly enjoyableWith enough plot twists to fill a truck, it is a racy readTremendous fun and almost insanely readableCombines literariness with compulsively readable storytellingA seductive read . . . well-crafted and highly enjoyableDicker has the first-rate crime novelist's ability to lead his readers up the garden path . . . An excellent storyUnimpeachably terrific . . . A playful, page-turning whodunit . . . If Norman Mailer had been accused of murder and Truman Capote had collaborated with Dominick Dunne on a tell-all about it, the result might have turned out something like thisDicker's bestseller features a labyrinthine murder mystery and a book-within-a-book subplot . . . It's energetically written and cleverly constructed.'A great noir' Corriere della Sera
.'The cleverest, creepiest book you'll read this year ... Twin Peaks
meets In Cold Blood
' Gaby Wood, Daily Telegraph
.'All the ingredients of a world bestseller' Die Zeit
.'The tale is expertly told, as unreliable information dances with necessary plot shifts and unexpected moments of catastrophe. An accomplished thriller'Â Independent
.'A global phenomenon' Le Monde
.'A smart, immensely readable, impressively plotted page-turner ... A tour de force, this seems set to be a huge success' Patricia Nicol, Metro
.'Dicker has the first-rate crime novelist's ability to lead his readers up the garden path ... An excellent story' Sunday Express
.'An intricate murder mystery that could be the read of the summer' Sunday Times
.'A spellbinding literary thriller ... It is maddeningly, deliciously impossible to guess the truth' Melissa Katsoulis, The Times
.A crime story. A love story. A worldwide phenomenon. More than 2 million copies soldMore than 15,000 copies sold through the UK TCMAmong the bestselling literary debuts of 2014A breathtaking international phenomenon: a New York Times
and Sunday Times
Top 10 bestseller; 900,000 copies sold in France, 400,000 in Italy, 160,000 in Spain, 90,000 in GermanySelected for Simon Mayo's BBC Radio 2 Book Club