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Just reactions to books I read. I don't really summarize the book's content, because how hard is it to click on the cover and read the description?

 

So I just write my response.

SPOILER ALERT!

Compulsively readable; unlikable characters

The Dinner - Herman Koch

I've heard this has been called the "European Gone Girl," because it includes unlikable characters and unreliable narration, and everything we thought about the characters unravels as the story progresses, revealing who they truly are.

 

Plotwise, I think it's tighter than Gone Girl (which I enjoyed as well, even though the plot kind of fell apart at the end. I enjoyed how much I disliked everyone in that book, and I thought they both got everything they deserved at the end. I don't think it was Flynn's best work, however -- I thought both Dark Places and Sharp Objects were better.) Dinner doesn't go on too long, and there's no point where I'm thinking, "Just get on with it."

 

Anyway, a lovely story about some really screwed up people.