Title: The Plot
Author: Jean Hanff Korelitz
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Release Date: May 11, 2021
Pages: 282
Book Source: Hardcover

“When a young writer dies before completing his first novel, his teacher, Jake, (himself a failed novelist) helps himself to its plot. The resulting book is a phenomenal success. But what if somebody out there knows?

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Somebody does. And if Jake can’t figure out who he’s dealing with, he risks something far worse than the loss of his career.” – Amazon

Kim’s Review

The publicity team for The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz did a fantastic job since I saw it posted numerous times on my social media feeds, and since The Plot of the book sounded interesting, I figured I would give it a read.

It was well written, although I did find myself skimming from time to time since it felt like Jake (but really the author) was pontificating a lot about his (her) life as a writer and about the publishing industry. I did find it amusing at first to read how messed up and toxic the publishing/writing world can be, but after about 50 pages, I no longer cared.

As for the suspenseful aspect of the book, I feel like most readers will know pretty early on who is behind all the emails calling Jake a liar. And while he did take a writer’s idea there was no shock value to it since this is something that happens all the time. Perhaps if the original author had died differently then he did and there was a mystery to solve as to how he died along with Jake slowly becoming more afraid of being exposed, the book could have been a lot better.

I did keep reading to find out if there would be a crazy twist at the very end, but there really wasn’t. Would I read more by Korelitz, sure. Would I recommend The Plot, no.


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