Well, this challenge has finally gotten me to read “The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair”. I read this book on my vacation in Cuba, and it was marvelous! I hated to put it down, even when the family was chilling by the pool. I devoured it this book, it was witty and ironic and well written and a perfect mystery and great one to keep up the mystery theme.
The story follows a young author as he goes through the painful process of trying to write the great American novel. Only to have the perfect story fall in his lap, at the expense of his mentor’s reputation, Harry Quebert. What really happened in the summer of 1975 when a young girl disappeared, and what is Quebert’s ties to the whole affair?
I really want to touch on why it took me so long to get around to this book, it was a 3-year journey of looking at it and debating it and always choosing something else. I didn’t really understand what the novel was about by just the back cover, it was a classic case of judging a book by its cover (or really its back cover), and not taking a moment to read a passage.
When I finally found a moment to read it, I found an enigmatic masterpiece about finding the truth and resolving the past. Nothing buried stays hidden, and everything soon gets exposed. A small town rattled by a summer of secrets, lies, and betrayals. It was gripping and thrilling with great imagery towards the sea and its comforts.
Honestly, every moment of this mystery was enticing and unimaginable. I actually got floored by the ending, which very rarely happens in a mystery novel. Not to mention, I was actually very impressed by the ending itself. It was a rare occasion where the end was actually enjoyable, I closed the book feeling content.
I don’t want to get too much into the novel itself just because it’s an experience that one should go through themselves, but let’s just say I Highly Recommend it. Just when you read it, remember seagulls and then comment below what you think they mean.