Thursday, December 10, 2020

The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker - BOOK BEGINNING


It is Friday, so time to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading or want to highlight this week. Please share the link to your post in the linky below. If you share on social media, please use the #bookbeginnings hashtag. 


In early 2008, about a year and a half after my first novel had made me the new darling of American letters, I was seized by a terrible case of writer's block -- a common affliction, I am told, for writers who have enjoyed sudden, meteoric success. 

-- from Chapter One of The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker.

Over in Instagram, I found the Cloak & Dagger Christmas challenge, where people read mystery books in December. BookTuber Kate Howe hosts the even on Instagram on her IG account, No Compliments to Your Mother. You can participate simply by reading one mystery in December, or at higher levels.

I'm going for the Amateur Sleuth level to read three books. You can see (although the picture is a bit fuzzy) that the prompts are inspired by the game of Clue, or Cluedo, depending on where you live. 

I already started They Came to Baghdad by Agatha Christie. That counts for the “Conservatory” room of the Clue game, which theme is described as a book related to “nature, travel, or warm climate.”

My second book is The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker. This one counts at the "Library" book because it references a book. It is a book within a book -- a thriller about a writer who writes a true crime book. It may also count as my "France" book for my 2020 European Reader Challenge because, although it is set in New Hampshire, it was written by a French author and published in French before being translated into English.


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


To avoid having to reply, I stirred my spoon around inside my cup until I had created a kind of whirlpool. All I said was, "It's a big mess, Ernie."


  1. Replies
    1. It does! I do wonder why I haven't seen it around though. It came out in the US in 2014 and while it claims to be a #1 International Bestseller, this copy I found in a Little Free Library is the only one I've ever run across.

  2. The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair seems pretty interesting. I like the quotes. Enjoy your current read!

  3. Hi Gilion,

    The Joel Dicker book sounds really good and is heading for my wish list. I like the premise and also that it is set in Somerset, New Hampshire - and I live in the County of Somerset, in the UK. So it definitely has to be read!! :)

    I had no idea that you were going to be featuring mystery books this week for your reading, however, as a horror book, my own entry this week find of fits the theme, as my 'First Lines' action takes place in the 'hall' :)

    Thanks for an interesting post and also for sharing your cards during the Christmas period, I usually stop by each day to take a look, it cheers me up :)


  4. Hi Gilion! The Cloak and Dagger book prompts sounds like so much fun! It reminds me of the board game Cluedo. We played Cluedo on Wednesday. It was my birthday so I could choose which game to play!

    Your featured book also seems really good. Enjoy your reading challenge and your weekend.

    Weekend Book Friends

  5. All the mysteries you plan to read in December sound good. I have a few mysteries on my stack too this month. Thanks for hosting and happy reading!

  6. Some good mysteries - I've read the Agatha Christie book, but not the others. I like the sound of The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair in particular.

  7. I really like your daily countdown to Christmas!

  8. I'm quite curious for more from this book! Happy weekend!

  9. The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair sounds good. I enjoy stories within stories--especially when it involves writing. It sounds like this one fits into several different challenges too! I hope you are enjoying this one. Have a great weekend.

  10. That's am outhful to get started!


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