The Plot ― Jean Hanff Korelitz ― “Good writers borrow, great writers steal. —T. S. Eliot (but possibly stolen from Oscar Wilde)”

“Either I was paying too much attention or the book was kind of predictable.”

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In The Plot, Jean Hanff Korelitz writes a colossal story that spins around being a horrible writer, a fear many of us share.

In this thriller, sometimes Jacob Finch Bonner, the main character, shares the role of villain and hero. While the author plays with the fine lines of villain and hero, the reader cannot help but question if one would have done the same and how terrible the consequences could be. As professional readers, we enjoyed massively how the author played with the characters’ personalities. For instance, Evan Parker was the most despicable and conceited character we have encountered in a long time, which is the perfect trait to justify the main character’s decisions. On the same line, another character acts too impulsive with such intensity that nobody would question their intentions.

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Similar to a crime story, The Plot progresses slowly, but Jean introduces another point of view to the story: Evan’s plot. Hand in hand, Jacob’s current life and struggles tight a knot together with his “stolen” idea. As we get deeper into Jacob’s plot, we cannot help but see the pieces falling into place, the mysteries blooming in front of our eyes, and almost yelling to the pages for them to stop. Naturally, the reader will root for the main character, but we wonder: who was Jean rooting for?

Kirby Heyborne narrates the audio version of this novel. Although he does a great job, the speed at which he tells the story forced us to speed it up to double the pace.

In general, The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz deserves all the hype. Perfect for a book club or just to read it at night in your bed.

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