The Plot - Jean Hanff Korelitz

The Plot

By Jean Hanff Korelitz

  • Release Date: 2021-05-11
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
4 Score: 4 (From 474 Ratings)

Description

** NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER! ** The Tonight Show Summer Reads Pick **

"Insanely readable."
—Stephen King

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?

Reviews

  • Entertaining

    4
    By tunispin
    I called it midway through, but still a fun read.
  • No suspense, no twisty ending

    3
    By Pepper Michaels
    I had high hopes for this book after the great reviews. I kept waiting for the suspense. There was not any. The plot was very obvious just as soon as the character who is out to expose the main character was introduced. I kept reading thinking that there would be a big twist at the end, but no. I was really disappointed.
  • A Novel Within A Novel

    4
    By Rludman
    I was so excited to read THE PLOT by Jean Hanff Korelitz. I picked it up on the day it was published and couldn’t wait to dive in. I love books about writers and based on the description it seemed like this book was written for me. Jacob Finch Bonner was once a literary wunderkind with his acclaimed debut novel, but after his second book didn’t get the same level of praise, he was relegated to teaching at a low residency program in Vermont. One arrogant student tells Jacob the plot of a novel he’s writing. Jacob waits for the book to be published but it never arrives. Jacob seeks out his former student and learns that he’s dead. Inspired by the plot, Jacob writes a novel based on the story told to him and it becomes a literary sensation. While Jacob is on tour, he receives an anonymous message saying he’s a thief. This book starts at the MFA program in Vermont and moves to present day after Jacob is a star. Interspersed are sections from his own book, Crib. The book within a book is described as having a big twist that no one saw coming. Sadly, I saw the twist in Crib right away, and I figured out what would happen in the book about half way though. While I was somewhat surprised by the very end, I predicted what would happen fairly early on. While I think the book is well written and interesting, I was disappointed. Jacob as a character is annoying, as intended. The book says a lot about the profession of writing, and writers, and writing culture. As someone who writes, this book made me feel very insecure. I think it was supposed to be funny, but it made me scared to write. If you’re looking for a twisty thriller about writing and books this summer, this book is perfect for you.
  • You’ll probably figure it out way before the end.

    3
    By Clapton13
    No real surprise ending here.
  • Slow burn - worth it!

    4
    By hunnybunny_loverr
    First, thank you to Celadon Books and Netgalley for the advanced readers copy of The Plot. When I first read the plot line of The Plot (haha), I was hooked! A story about a writer who steals a storyline? That’s just Inception-like! I knew I needed to read this book for myself. I requested a copy, and after being immediately approved (thank you again!), I dove right in. Okay, I have to admit. The beginning is so slow. I almost DNFed this, especially when I saw that others felt the same way. But I knew that I couldn’t do that, and I forged onward. By Part Two (the book is divided into 4 parts) I was dedicated. The writing improved greatly for me. The beginning was kind of droll, and there wasn’t enough dialogue to keep me interested. As the story goes on, the dialogue gets much heavier, which I needed and thus appreciated. Two of my favorite parts about The Plot were, one, the play on words. You don’t realize it til nearly the end, but the title holds a double meaning. Two, I loved seeing another book in this book (Crib). Little excerpts of the book Jake wrote are scattered between chapters. It made the book that much better. Seeing as I don’t want to give too much away, I will admit that I guessed a lot of the ending. Did I see it right from the start like some readers are claiming? Not at all, but there were several clues that informed me of the person behind the anonymous attacks Jake receives after stealing this plot line. I was actually a little ashamed of myself for not reading the very obvious clues sooner! All in all, stick with this book! Even if you feel like the beginning is much too slow for you, I promise it gets better. In fact, the second half of the book doesn’t feel remotely like the first half. It becomes a true mystery, complete with plenty of travel and dialogue. I loved The Plot, and I think you will too! 4/5 stars
  • Horrible, Pass on it

    1
    By juliusa
    After all the hype I bought this one. It's a waste of money. It's written poorly, the characters are just plain dumb, the dialogue is inane, and it's obvious about two thirds in what's going on. Started skimming all the unnecessary verbiage to get to the end and prove myself right. Amazingly I kept my wife informed on what was happening as I read it and she told me the ending correctly. I can't help but wonder how a book like this gets such good reviews. Oh well, I guess " anyone can be a writer ". Pass on it. Life's too precious to spend time on this tripe.
  • Predictable

    3
    By MeTooFab
    Boring
  • Loved it!

    5
    By Madeleinexo
    I was so excited to win an early review copy of The Plot from BookishFirst. I was crossing my fingers so hard that I would win! As soon as I receive the book I drove right in. I knew I would enjoy it but I didn’t think I would have enjoyed it THIS much. I already am a huge fan of books that have to do with books, bookstores, booklovers, etc.. but this story took it to a whole new level. The story revolves around a college professor/failed novelist who has a student with a VERY good idea for a book.. possibly one of the BEST ideas to come across his desk in a long, long time. As a reader you are taken on a thrilling journey of the twist and turns of the publishing world, ownership and copyright. What does it mean to be successful? The suspense around the “theft” of a story idea had me up into the wee hours of the morning. BUY THIS BOOK! You will NOT regret it.
  • The Plot9

    5
    By Artymusician
    Even though I enjoyed reading this book, I hated the ending. I did not like Anna at all, and Jake was shallow, unethical, and dumb. Maybe he should have majored in math after all! Or investigative journalism. But he still could not connect the bread crumbs left by a devious and obnoxious sociopath. How ironic that he felt so superior to his students and yet fell victim himself to such a monster because of his greed, and need for fame and fortune.
  • Great twist at the end!

    5
    By RossB-B
    Well written, well-developed characters and a great plot.

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