The Dinner

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The darkly suspenseful tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal. Now a major motion picture.
“Chilling, nasty, smart, shocking, and unputdownable.”—Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened.
Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act—an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children, and as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
“A European Gone Girl . . . A sly psychological thriller.”The Wall Street Journal
“Brilliantly engineered . . . The novel is designed to make you think twice, then thrice, not only about what goes on within its pages, but also the next time indignation rises up, pure and fiery, in your own heart.”Salon
“You’ll eat it up, with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”Entertainment Weekly
“[Koch] has created a clever, dark confection . . . absorbing and highly readable.”New York Times Book Review
“Tongue-in-cheek page-turner.”The Washington Post
“[A] deliciously Mr. Ripley-esque drama.”O: The Oprah Magazine

The Dinner - Herman Koch Summary

The Dinner may refer to: The Dinner (1997 film), a 1997 American film directed by Bernie Casey The Dinner or La cena, a 1998 Italian film directed by Ettore Scola The Dinner (novel), a 2009 Dutch novel by Herman Koch (original title: Het diner) The Dinner (2013 film), a 2013 Dutch film based on the novel by Herman Koch The Dinner (2014 film), a 2014 Italian film The Dinner (2017 film), a 2017 American film..

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The Dinner - Herman Koch Book Reviews (880)


Even dealingsdss5 star

wsssersbokww knows he seems like the same r 55


Couldn't wait for dinner to be over2 star

I must have read 3 other books while reading this. I found this book boring. 25


The Dinner1 star

This is a truly terrible book! 15

Trigga Washington

Terrible1 star

This is my first review ever but I had to write it to say this is by far the worst book I have ever read I only finished it because I figured something crazy would happen but nothing ever does. This book doesn't have a plot, nothing happens it's just descriptions of things. This is nothing like gone girl or dark places or girl on a train. So if you like those books do not read this book 15


Great Novel5 star

Exactly how a novel is supposed to be written. Great plot, a little mystery & a wild situation. Put yourself in these parents shoes and see if u wouldn't do the same for your kids 55

D Money.

Terrible1 star

This book was boring to read, had characters that I abhorred and left me wishing I had never read it. I honestly cannot fathom how anyone can say they enjoyed this book. I don't mind dark novels. I enjoyed Gone Girl. I just found nothing remotely interesting about this book. 15


Buy a hamburger instead1 star

Painfully wordy in parts. And in others- details left out and never acknowledged. Very quirky. Dark. Too vague. This was an all around painful read. 15


Finished in one sitting!4 star

I couldn't put this book down. I started reading it one morning sick and home from work, and finished it late that night. Very compelling read with a narrator who only slowly reveals his true self. Themes include nature vs. nurture and what lengths parents will go to to protect their children. Now I can't wait to read more by this author. 45

Rocky Mountain Raven

Short story made long2 star

Maybe it is that I am an admittedly unsophisticated reader, but I found this book 200 pages too long. The premise is great: two brothers and their wives meet over dinner to discuss a dark event in their children's lives. The execution of this story, however, was wearisome. This would be a great short story given that the so-called suspense focused on a single event rather a series of events. I also did not like the way the author went into so such detail about the omission of certain details (like his wife's illness or the name of his former employer). If the details aren't important, why continue to remind the reader they are omitted? Why distract me so wildly from the actual storyline? 25

One Suitcase

Unimaginative and Downright Dreadful1 star

Unimaginative and cliché-ridden. In a word, dreadful. (I read an English translation of the original Dutch so whether the fault lay in the translation or the original writing, hard to say.) 15

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