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    Excellent

    Interesting story and we'll written. Lots of surprises. Characters I loved and some I loved to hate.
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    Cool

    A really good book. Had me on the edge of my seat. Quite the little mind bender. Well written. This is.the authors second book. He also wrote The Dinner. Which I also really liked.
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    Page turner

    Couldn't put it down. Every time I thought I had the story figured out, the author threw me off.
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    Intriguing and Intense

    This book has pretty much all flawed characters – kind of like real life, but with a harsher light shone on for emphasis. The protagonist is a doctor who has both good and bad thoughts and actions related to his work. He is also a husband who is both considerate and inconsiderate of his wife and a father who takes both good and bad actions concerning his daughters. All of the characters have contradictory personalities – again, much like real life – but with a great deal more intensity and larger, more sweeping swings between the two. The characters are all fascinating and the story propelled me along through the book and kept me intrigued. While their story definitely held my interest, I am glad I do not have to live with these folks. This is another of Herman Koch’s books that will spawn great opportunities for discussion in a reading group. I recommend it to reader’s clubs but also to anyone who enjoys the occasional exploration of the paradoxical dark side of human nature.
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    2nd read by Koch.... even better than The Dinner

    Dr. And father Marc is the celebrity doc in town. Freely writing prescriptions, pretending to listen. .. he friends an actor, and their families spend the summer at a beach house together, two sons and two daughters hang out, along with an aged director and his 22 year old model girlfriend. The doc is faced with a tragedy involving his daughter, guilt, rage, resigned... then he exacts the ultimate revenge on the actor. .. ultimately accelerating his death... complex characters, insight into a doctors inner thoughts and how it helps and plagues daily life....
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