The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Published: 2021 Genre: Thriller 1. First lines. 2. Cover: Allen and Unwin 3.Laptop [Public Domain] via pxhere 4. New York [Public Domain] via wallpapersafari

Jacob Finch Bonner is a writer with one successful novel, but is now finding it hard to get his next novel off the ground. He takes on a job as a mentor to aspiring writers, and one of his students tells him his idea for a story. He is impressed, but the story isn’t published, because the student dies suddenly before he writes it. So Jake decides to write the story himself, and it becomes a best-seller. However, someone else knows what Jacob has done, and begins to taunt him anonymously by email, letter, and through his publisher. Jacob is guilt-ridden and scared as he tries to find out the identity of the person harassing him.

“This story will be read by everybody. It will make a fortune. It will be made into a movie, probably by somebody really important, like an A-list director.”

“The Plot” by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Glanceabook: This psychological thriller hooked me from the very beginning. The plot was well-thought out and made sense, and even though the reader can figure out who knows what Jake did, the ending still packs a punch.

NPR: “I wanted and expected a more fiendish and psychologically driven book. Instead, this Plot falls flat.”

Kirkus: “Gripping and thoroughly unsettling: This one will be flying off the shelves.”


“Works of art can overlap, or they can sort of chime with one another. Right now, with some of the anxieties we have around appropriation, it’s become downright combustible, but I’ve always thought there was some kind of beauty to it, the way narratives get told and retold. It’s how stories survive through the ages. You can follow an idea from one author’s work to another, and to me that’s something I find powerful and exciting.”

“You know what you did. I know what you did. Are you ready for everyone to know what you did?”

Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz

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