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 15-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 secured his lasting fame. 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 best seller 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.
"A spellbinding literary thriller… It is maddeningly, deliciously impossible to guess the truth" (The Time)
"The cleverest, creepiest book you’ll read this year ... Twin Peaks meets Atonement meets In Cold Blood" (Daily Telegraph)
"A tour de force, this seems set to be a huge success" (Metro)
"Quietly compulsive…with a deliciously shocking twist" (Daily Express)
"Big, assertive and clever… hard to resist" (Independent on Sunday)
"Like Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy [it] combines literariness with compulsive readability" (GQ)
"Enough plot twists to fill a truck" (The Economist)
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