The Dinner is Herman Koch’s sixth novel. Set in Amsterdam, it is a story of two couples meeting for dinner. At first the dinner appears to be an ordinary meeting of two brothers and their wives. Soon, however, the true reason for the meeting emerges. Each of the couple’s 15-year-old sons participated in an incident that resulted in a police investigation. The boys have not been identified as the perpetrators. The couples have met for dinner to discuss the incident and its potential effect on their sons’ future.
This book raises a lot of questions. As parents, what are we capable of doing if we think it will protect our children? What are our hopes and dreams for our children and to what length will we go to ensure those dreams will become their realities? Can we really know what members of our family and even our spouses are thinking and feeling?
I particularly enjoyed the twists and turns this book took. It is a gripping tale that kept me guessing about the final outcome. By the end of the story you may not like any of the characters. You may, in fact, be horrified by their behavior. However you may feel, the story will grab you and keep you reading to the end!