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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The darkly suspenseful tale of two families struggling to make the hardest decision of their lives—all over the course of one meal. Now a major motion picture.
“Chilling, nasty, smart, shocking, and unputdownable.”—Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl
It’s a summer’s evening in Amsterdam, and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant for dinner. Between mouthfuls of food and over the scrapings of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of polite discourse. But behind the empty words, 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, and as civility and friendship disintegrate, each couple shows just how far they are prepared to go to protect those they love.
“A European Gone Girl . . . A sly psychological thriller.”The Wall Street Journal
“Brilliantly engineered . . . The novel is designed to make you think twice, then thrice, not only about what goes on within its pages, but also the next time indignation rises up, pure and fiery, in your own heart.”Salon
“You’ll eat it up, with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”Entertainment Weekly
“[Koch] has created a clever, dark confection . . . absorbing and highly readable.”New York Times Book Review
“Tongue-in-cheek page-turner.”The Washington Post
“[A] deliciously Mr. Ripley-esque drama.”O: The Oprah Magazine

Fiction & Literature
February 12
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

SShade71 ,

Quick Read, engaging

Enjoyed this book,sometimes it seemed to ramble about unnecessary details. Makes you stop and think about how you would react to the same situations. Characters were believable but sometimes their actions not so much. Downloaded and finished it in one day.

Keysbchgrl ,

Interesting read

I read this book based on a review in a magazine. Although it is written amazingly and keeps you interested, you never find out the endings to some pivotal moments. If you like books that tell the history, then jump back to the present, and how family dynamics are all apart of that you will enjoy. Even thoughtful was originally written about a Dutch family, one being a high powered politician, it's still resonates about every family dynamic all over the world.

Jenn1fer6 ,

Couldn't wait for dinner to be over

I must have read 3 other books while reading this. I found this book boring.

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