The Plot by Jean Hanff Korelitz is one of my favorites so far this summer.

Jacob has been chasing after the success of his first bestselling novel without much luck. It seems he is destined to spend his time teaching other aspiring writers instead of doing his own. All that changes when he meets an obnoxious student name Evan Parker whose story idea is a sure winner. Some time later, Jacob finds out that Evan died leaving behind no close relatives (to his knowledge). Jacob takes a risk and writes Evan’s story, and in doing so, attains all the success and notoriety he expected from such a great plot.

All would be great until Jake starts getting threatening messages from someone who knows that Jake stole the story. Jake worries that the fame he’s achieved will be destroyed. He decides to do his own investigating to figure out who is sending the messages, and if he/she can be stopped. Through this, Jake has his new wife by his side (although she is seemingly unaware of the threats). Excerpts of Jake’s bestseller, Crib, are woven throughout the book, essentially providing important clues to Jake’s enemy. The author brings both plots to a shocking conclusion almost simultaneously.

This book will resonate with anyone who has had glimmers of writing a novel, as well as anyone who loves suspense.

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