, August 10, 2014
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Hungry for an absorbing page-turner? Have dinner with Herman Koch's devilish unsettling characters. Koch dishes up roiling undercurrents, disturbing revelations, and one very unreliable narrator. (Expect a film directed by Cate Blanchett.)
Short take: Two couples meet in a swank Amsterdam restaurant to discuss an outrage perpetrated by their sons. As the evening progresses, their genteel behavior self-destructs and you see that the parents are not so different from their children.
Dirty tricks. Shocking plot developments. A contemporary moral dilemma with tons of treachery and dark edges. It's a sly novel. Just when it seems to be heading in one direction, it careens in another. I thought it was undeniably riveting. Just like the menu.