Thursday, July 14, 2016
Book Brief: Summer House with Swimming Pool
Summer House with Swimming Pool
by Herman Koch
source: ebook borrowed from library
Summary (from Goodreads):
When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he's not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.
It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meiers' extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph's later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer's tragedy.
So dark and full of tension, Herman Koch knows how to make his readers squirm! This novel features a creepy, unreliable narrator, many unlikable characters with questionable moral values, and a gripping, twisted story. I was pulled in right away and read the book in two sittings.
I'm looking forward to his new book, Dear Mr. M: A Novel coming in September.