“From its first pages, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot ensnares you in a rich tangle of literary vanities, treachery and fraud. Psychologically acute and breathtakingly suspenseful, you’ll find yourself rushing towards a finale both astonishing and utterly earned.”


Just finished The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz.
This is the story of a writer who had a written a book which was well received, then could not get another novel published. Jacob Bonner has now taken to teaching writing and in one of his classes he meets a young arrogant but aspiring writer who tells him the plot of his book, which can’t miss being a hit because it is a sure shot great plot. Jacob agrees. Evan Parker, the young writer, then leaves the program and Jacob basically forgets about him.

A few years later Jacob wonders why the book was never published, and after doing some research, discovers that Parker has died and it appears the book was never written. Jacob decides to use the plot to write his own novel, and when it is published, it quickly rises to the top of the bestseller charts and there is going to be a movie made of it also. Every thing is going great when one day Jacob gets a text from an unnamed person accusing him of stealing the story.
The rest of the book centers around who is sending these messages, and how can he get it to stop.

There are a number of twist and turns in this story that will constantly keep you guessing about what’s going to happen next.
A real mystery here, well written by an author who already has had one of her novels made into a Mini-series on HBO. The Plot is fascinating and so well thought out, written by an author who has a firm grip on her ability to write a real thriller.
Highly recommended.


Reviewed by:

Richard Franco

Added 11th October 2021

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