Summer House With Swimming Pool: A Novel

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Summer House With Swimming Pool: A Novel

by Herman Koch

Crown/Archetype | June 3, 2014 | Hardcover

Summer House With Swimming Pool: A Novel is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Dinner.

When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.

Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.52 × 5.93 × 1.27 in

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0804138818

ISBN - 13: 9780804138819

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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....
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2015-02-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from another great/ghastly review of human nature from Herman Koch The same poisonous character traits bubble up here as in his last book "The Dinner". The characters, at first sympathetic, each becomes loathsome in their own way. Thought it was a great read. Compelling and disgusting at the same time.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Summer house with Swimming Pool Excellent! Well written. Keeps you thinking of "who dunnit". Great read. How far will a father go to protect his seemingly innocent daughter.
Date published: 2014-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Interesting story and we'll written. Lots of surprises. Characters I loved and some I loved to hate.
Date published: 2014-06-25

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Summer House With Swimming Pool: A Novel

Summer House With Swimming Pool: A Novel

by Herman Koch

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 8.52 × 5.93 × 1.27 in

Published: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Crown/Archetype

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0804138818

ISBN - 13: 9780804138819

From the Publisher

The blistering, compulsively readable new novel from Herman Koch, author of the instant New York Times bestseller The Dinner.

When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he’s not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier’s extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph’s later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer’s tragedy.

Featuring the razor-sharp humor and acute psychological insight that made The Dinner an international phenomenon, Summer House with Swimming Pool is a controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.

About the Author

HERMAN KOCH is the author of eight novels and three collections of short stories. The Dinner, his sixth novel, has been published in twenty-five countries, and was an international bestseller. He currently lives in Amsterdam.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times BestsellerA Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014“This is a novel of ideas (Have fun, book clubs)…[Koch] makes Nietzsche sound like Dale Carnegie.”—Janet Maslin, New York Times“Caustic…Poisonous … I couldn’t stop reading this… Chapter by chapter, it is shockingly cynical and infected with a strain of humor so toxic that it should come with a bottle of Purell….Ghoulishly fascinating.”—Ron Charles, Washington Post“The opening pages grab us with a mordant view of socialized medicine and a chilled insight into the anxieties of the flesh… Disturbingly good…Psychologically rich…Deftly paced...Compelling.”—USA Today“Summer House With Swimming Pool is a gripping read, an assault of unexpected twists and thumbscrew-turning tension.”—Entertainment Weekly“Sick, twisted—and more important—highly entertaining… Balmy temperatures and sunny skies won't stop the chill that runs up and down your spine as the story unfolds…A modern-day Agatha Christie… [This] could be the most talked-about book of the summer.”—Chicago Tribune“Bound to satisfy fans of The Dinner…A new psychological thriller about nasty people on an opulent vacation.”—Boston Globe"Twisty, thrilling."—New York Post"There are all kinds of scary novels, and this one, out of the Netherlands, Herman Koch’s “Summer House With Swimming Pool,” is perhaps the most unsettling sort. It’s devilish...You'll be hooked."—Pittsburgh Post-Gazette"Gripping...Koch uses language like a stethoscope, so that we can hear the beating heart
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