The Dinner

The Dinner

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Two couples meet for dinner at a fashionable restaurant in Amsterdam. Behind their polite conversation, terrible things need to be said, and with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened. Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. The two boys are united by their accountability for a single horrific act; an act that has triggered a police investigation and shattered the comfortable, insulated worlds of their families. As the dinner reaches its culinary climax, the conversation finally touches on their children. As civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple show just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION KOC
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Dinner

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TLCMom582
Jun 05, 2020

I listened to the audio version of this book. I really don't know what to say about this book. It was brilliant in the amount of times that the author was able to surprise me. I loved how the book was broken up into groups of chapters to go along with the different courses of the dinner. I, at the same time,was horrified by the way the plot progressed and the circumstances. I'm also left very confused by a lot of the things said or left unsaid. It is definitely a book that I will remember. It is one we picked for our book club. There will be lots of discussion!

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kiml00
Mar 24, 2020

I couldn’t really get into the story. I don’t think this is my cup of tea. The story set at a restaurant where two couples meet for dinner and they slowly unravel the back story of each character. There was a sense of suspense but not enough to keep me interested. I didn’t like any of the characters.

alleycat Mar 06, 2020

Loved this! Shocking finale.

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Adw555
Nov 18, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Dinner is about just that...a dinner. It doesn’t proclaim itself to be anything more...and yet it is.

Paul and Claire, Babette and Serge...two couples settle in for a fancy dinner at a restaurant of Serge’s choosing. Undercurrents of jealousy, impatience and rivalry are present and it’s immediately obvious that there is much more to this dinner than just food and wine.

As The Dinner progresses from appetizers to desserts, certain details are explained and the reason for all the tension is revealed. What have their sons been up to? What are they all hiding? In the interest of protecting their own child, these parents will truly stop at nothing...

PROS: Deliciously sarcastic, bitingly perceptive and absolutely horrifying.

CONS: There is not much action to be found, and this type of slow moving analysis on human behaviour may bore some.

YES or NO: It’s a MAYBE - I rated it quite highly as I’m sure it’s one I won’t forget any time soon...but I can’t say it’s one that I enjoyed. Very controversial and quite upsetting at times, but in the end it’s absolutely impossible to put down.

4 Stars

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BFVR
Jul 05, 2019

A disturbing, but interesting book

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VLSGarnerJ
May 17, 2019

5.

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Alyssa_RR
Feb 13, 2019

Not bad. A suspense story all that takes place while discussed at dinner. I wouldn't mind seeing this put into TV

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Oct 01, 2018

An odd read with a slow build. Worth checking out for those who enjoy character driven titles with unreliable narrators.

JohnK_KCMO Mar 15, 2018

It takes guts to write a book in which every character is despicable. If you need to like the characters you read about, stay away from this title. If you want characters who are fascinating, but not very likeable, there's much to relish here.

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PearlyKayAm1
Jan 21, 2018

Interesting book which left a few loose ends so it was not a completely satisfying read.

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maggielo
Aug 19, 2015

if u liked gone girl, 2 families, sons are friends and do a horrific act.

lorna2511 Sep 14, 2013

An engaging, comedic book - it reminds me of God of Carnage. Funny, shocking and quite dark too.

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Misscurly Jan 06, 2014

Misscurly thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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