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le 19 mai 2014
I read this book in English & waited months for kindle version. It was worth it. I missed my train stop on more than one occasion I was so engrossed. i literally could not put it down & even when I was not reading it I was thinking about it. Was sad when I had finished as thought it was take me much longer to read over 600 pages. Every time you think the mystery is solved something else turns up. Definitely recommend it but watch out for your train station😊
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le 26 juin 2014
OH MY GOD IT'S SO BAD

Spare yourselves; do not buy this book. It was almost physically painful to finish. If this is the yardstick by which we measure books these days, I'll just lock myself into past centuries and NEVER COME OUT. What on earth caused this book to receive such acclaim???

So, just to get it out of the way, the construction kind of stands, although I'd have to think about even that. It's a little grotesquely baroque, with everyone seemingly having had a hand in the murder that 'fateful day', but ok for now.

But the rest.... In no particular order, and with plenty of spoilers, probably - it's not as if I care

- writers are NOT interesting main characters, and this one in particular takes the cherry; self-absorbed, vain, narcissistic, with every suddenly sycophantic character telling him how wonderful, talented, smart, 'Magnificent' (sic!!!) he is - and that goes for the OTHER writer in the book, Harry Québert, whose 15-year old lover seemed to have been put on this earth only to fawn over, praise and massage his ego. The main character 'wants to be a writer more than anything else in the world' and there is much inane talk/Hallmark life lessons about writing.... Ok, but writing what??? What was his 'fabulous first book' all about anyway?? He reminds me of kids who want to be rock star for the fame and never think for a second about the music - It's all about the packaging with Marcus Goldman - oh and let's not forget the crowds of New Yorkers who mob him with questions - actors, maybe, even though New Yorkers are WAY TOO COOL to crowd celebrities thank you very much, but WRITERS?? How many would you even recognize??? Also, within the very first chapter, we learn he's all about his Italian shoes, expensive NY apartment and trophy girlfriend, while being a self-aggrandizing whiny lying cheating ass***e - and there's a rule at the end of the book about hooking readers in the first chapter - oh well.
So a writer writing about a writer writing about a writer... God knows I love books but even I found this a bit indigestible.

- laughable secondary characters; the Jewish mother skit, the 'frustrated but deep', loud, manipulative bar owner - OH COME ON. It sounds like those Hollywood movies with 40 writers, one of which has to shoehorn comic relief in there, so you get a tap dancing number in a concentration camp. The Republican lawyer who has a cash machine where his heart should be, the threatening, grandiose, immoral publisher - none of which is deep enough to understand TRU LUV.

- which brings me, inevitably to the 'love' (sic) story. Oh please. I'm writhing inside. While I very much accept that age difference is not an impediment to Luv, a 34-year old 'falling in luv' with a teenager because she's 'dancing in the rain' (sic) sounds like... Drumroll... INFATUATION, or LUST. Mister bigshot writer (which one? Does it matter?) should have a way with words, but seems utterly incapable of self-analysis, diagnostic, soul-searching etc. And from there we get the MOST INANE dialogues I have EVER read outside of Barbara Cartland books. Even 33 YEARS later, the dude wallows in self-pity and 'she's the only one I'd ever love' whines that would make me want to smash a baby into a wall. Why were you in Luv, exactly? 'Cause she made you sandwiches and 'took care of you'??? I kid you not, this is what their whole relationship is about, and - wait for it - they only hang out for THREE MONTHS. Also, the kid is (spoiler, but do you care at this point) orphaned and suffers from psychotic breaks - is there anything that screams 'victim' any louder to you? Ach, it reminds me of Lars von Trier movies.
So, ok, you may be attracted to someone 20 years your junior. But if that someone fits the description above and has massively crushed on you - well, I've got news buster; you're just exploiting someone's intense vulnerabilities and the fact that you throw the rest of your whole life away afterwards doesn't make your. Luv 'more sacred'. It just makes you a creep who is unable to deal with reality and leads you to befriend only one person for the rest of your life, another creep.

- when does the police. Ever. Lets. A civilian. Lead. An. Investigation???? Especially in the US of A???? You have got to be kidding me.

- oh the writing, oh the writing... I'll take an inch out of my sting because I read a translated version, but still - English AND French are both my maternal languages and as I was trying to go back and forth to imagine what the translator could have improved I was left in the dust. Oh, the maudlin, immature, 'poor-me' waterfalls in this book - oh what about the editing, the verbatim copies of previous pages - oh the psychological characterizations and depth that could fit in a thimble, oooh.

It was atrocious. I can't believe this even got published. Maybe because there are publisher characters in there? Maybe because Dicker held someone's mother for *cough* blackmail? I don't get it. Read anything else.
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le 28 mai 2014
A captivating style and story which keeps surprising you to the end. A main character that grows into a wonderful man as he learns about writing, friendship and love. A wonderful read.
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le 18 juillet 2015
Plot, characters, conversations and style are objectively extremely poor AND cliché.

It seems to have been written by a rather unimaginative teenager ; drawing inspirations from cheap TV series, soap operas and Barbara Cartland novels.

The media and litterary acclaim (particularly in France) is rather unexplainable.

I read a lot and never anything as bad as this novel (other than a Marc Lévy novel).

Please, don't read it and don't offer it to someone else. It would be such a cruel thing to do.
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le 18 août 2015
J'ai tellement aime le livre que je l'ai achete pour mes belles-soeurs qui, ells aussi, n'ont pu le poser tant que ce n'etait pas finit !
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le 6 août 2014
The story is built as like concentric circles. It starts with the larger ones. The central character, a young author (Marcus Goldman) who has written a very successful book and since then fails to write one single line. The next inner circle is the Marcus master (Harry Québert), a very strong individual who is in love with Nola, a 15 year-old girl.
Until page 100, if you don't understand that the pen of Marcus is out of order, that Harry is in love with Nola and Nola loves Harry, so the this book is not for you.
In fact, I nearly dropped it, but there is something special that made me go to the next page, again and again. Each time I've crossed an inner circle, the rhythm is becoming more intense, the depth of details more accurate. Until the last pages, the investigation is still running and you only get the all plot at the very end of the book.
I've finished reading this book one week ago and it is still in my head. I'm still reviewing the complexity of this maze. This could exist at the next door...
Enjoy.
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