Sometimes things come out of your mouth that you regret later on. Or no, not regret. You say something so razor-sharp that the person you say it to carries it around with them for the rest of their life” – The Dinner, Herman Koch
Initial thoughts: The title The Dinner is probably the least sinister title I can ever imagine giving this book. And yet, it’s unassuming title allows you to put your guard down. I was instantaneously drawn to this book because the author is from the Netherlands, and I’m attempting to read one book from every country as a reading challenge (a challenge that ended up being harder than I ever imagined).
On a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said. Each couple has a fifteen- year- old son. The boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act. As civility and friendship disintegrate, both couples show just how far they will go to protect those they love” – Amazon
As I said, The Dinner is probably the strangest title to give a thriller, especially this novel in particular. Even in it’s original language of Dutch this book is called “Het dinner.” When I think of a book called The Dinner, I think of some sort of television show on the Food Network, where people visit restaurants and have meaningless conversations about food consistency and presentation. Although you will find colourful descriptions that will make your mouth water, The Dinner is a pure thriller/mystery novel through and through. Continue reading