Sunday, January 27, 2013
The Dinner by Herman Koch
The two couples each have a fifteen year old son who are cousins and close friends. Serge and Babette also have a daughter and an adopted child from another country. The purpose of the dinner is to discuss the sons. They have committed an act that has the potential to ruin not only their own lives, but those of the parents. How far will these four adults go to shield their sons from the consequences of their actions?
Herman Koch has written a compelling suspense novel. The reader will not soon forget the narrator, Paul. As the story begins he seems like the guy next door, although a bit supercilious about his brother and quicker than most to take offense. As the book progresses, the secrets in each family are slowly revealed, pulling each family unwittingly down a path from which they cannot return. This book is recommended for suspense readers and those interested in familial relationships.