Book Review: The Dinner by Herman Koch


An evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet for dinner.

They need to discuss their teenage sons.

The boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on CCTV.

They remain unidentified – except by their parents.

How far will each couple go to protect their child?


I have to strongly disagree with The Wall Street Journal who described this as, “the European Gone Girl,” this has neither the flow or characters for such a description. It is a frightening story told from the point of view of a man who has a skewed perspective and a psychotic illness.

When parents discover their son and his cousin killed a homeless woman, they take unusual steps to do the “right” thing. Hard to see what this has in common with the mysterious Gone Girl but if you can put up with the staccato phrasing and the psychotic story telling in the first person, it’s an ok read.

Amazon UK

Amazon US


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