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Review: The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Summary from Goodreads:

Hailed as breathtakingly suspenseful, Jean Hanff Korelitz’s The Plot is a propulsive read about a story too good not to steal, and the writer who steals it.

Jacob Finch Bonner was once a promising young novelist with a respectably published first book. Today, he’s teaching in a third-rate MFA program and struggling to maintain what’s left of his self-respect; he hasn’t written–let alone published–anything decent in years. When Evan Parker, his most arrogant student, announces he doesn’t need Jake’s help because the plot of his book in progress is a sure thing, Jake is prepared to dismiss the boast as typical amateur narcissism. But then . . . he hears the plot.

Jake returns to the downward trajectory of his own career and braces himself for the supernova publication of Evan Parker’s first novel: but it never comes. When he discovers that his former student has died, presumably without ever completing his book, Jake does what any self-respecting writer would do with a story like that–a story that absolutely needs to be told.

In a few short years, all of Evan Parker’s predictions have come true, but Jake is the author enjoying the wave. He is wealthy, famous, praised and read all over the world. But at the height of his glorious new life, an e-mail arrives, the first salvo in a terrifying, anonymous campaign: You are a thief, it says.

As Jake struggles to understand his antagonist and hide the truth from his readers and his publishers, he begins to learn more about his late student, and what he discovers both amazes and terrifies him. Who was Evan Parker, and how did he get the idea for his “sure thing” of a novel? What is the real story behind the plot, and who stole it from whom?


I found the plot of “The Plot” (lol) extremely interesting and decided to request it from bookishfirst with my points. Jean Hanff Korelitz wrote the novel, You Should Have Known, which made into the mini-series, The Undoing on HBO and that made me even more interested in picking this one up.

I wanted to love this mystery contemporary novel but it was not my favorite. I was expecting more of a thrilling read and did not get that. However, it was still a well-written tale with an unquie and great twist ending.

I think for me it was the writing style and the third-person narration that I struggled to connect with. that kept me from loving this completely.

I recommend checking this interesting tale out. I would not go in expecting a thrilling or intense novel, it is more a slow burn mystery. I will be checking out more from this author in the future!


3.5 Stars Out of 5 Stars.


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