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The Dinner

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May 2013 Book of the Month.

This is one of those books like The Slap and We Need to Talk About Kevin where no one is likeable and the outcome difficult to predict.  Here the family drama is related during a posh restaurant dinner as brothers and their wives partake of the sort of pretentious meal that the rich and famous revel in, only throughout this one there is a family crisis.  Both couples have teenage boys who have been involved in a violent crime caught on CCTV but in such a way as to make it almost impossible to identify the boys.  Their parents know who they are and now each is out to protect their own.  This is shocking, with a stunning conclusion.  A very clever book - dark, satirical and interestingly structured, made more complicated by an unreliable narrator.  Personally I could have done with less food.  Fascinating stuff.

The Lovereading view...

This contentious tour de force of middle class morality in the face of family disaster has, like The Slap, become a real talking point. A seemingly polite dinner in Amsterdam between friends spirals out of control as the horrors of what needs to be discussed, and what they will do to protect themselves, unfolds. Uncomfortable to read but searingly well observed. Find out what all the fuss is about - it will be worth it.

 

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Dinner, a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'The Dinner is full of suspense and kept me gasping all of the way through' - Michelle Russ. Scroll down to read more reviews.

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