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The Dinner

A Novel
Koch, Herman (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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An acclaimed international bestseller, The Dinner is the provocative, darkly suspenseful tale of a seemingly ordinary meal at a posh Amsterdam restaurant, where two couples must confront a dangerous secret. In a story line that will have all parents wondering how well they really know their children--and how far parents should go to protect their family--master of suspense Herman Koch introduces us to brothers Paul and Serge Lohman and the frightful truths they share. Each with a fifteen-year-old son, the Lohmans haven't always approved of each other's parenting styles. Now their boys have triggered a police investigation that threatens everything their families cherish. As Paul narrates the night in gripping, finely honed scenes, we are served a glimpse of the dark side of genteel society and the startling ease with which ordinary people can do extraordinarily horrific things.
Authors: Koch, Herman, 1953-
Uniform Title: Diner. English
Title: The dinner
a novel
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Garrett, Sam
ISBN: 9780770437855
9780385346856
Statement of Responsibility: Herman Koch ; translated from the Dutch by Sam Garrett
Subject Headings: Families Netherlands Fiction Amsterdam (Netherlands) Fiction
Topical Term: Families
LCCN: 2012025626
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Mar 28, 2014
  • thelibrarylisa rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you are seeking light fare, this book is not for you. This is a dark and disturbing tale told by an unpalatable narrator. The book is written beautifully and presented much like a gourmet meal, with each course becoming more complex. Koch successfully builds suspense through each course of the meal much like a chef would hope to build anticipation.

Although I did not enjoy the plot or the characters, "The Dinner" is an impressive piece of writing with well developed characters and unique perspective.

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