Sunday, January 24, 2016

Why do I blog? For books of course!

I may not blog here very often, but if I can get free books in exchange for writing a review, you bet I will be here! Luckily, I found Blogging For Books! It sounds exactly like it is! You register online, pick a book, they send it to you free of charge and all they want in return is a blog post review!

I picked The Dinner by Herman Koch.

From Goodreads: A summer's evening in Amsterdam and two couples meet at a fashionable restaurant. Between mouthfuls of food and over the delicate scraping of cutlery, the conversation remains a gentle hum of politeness - the banality of work, the triviality of holidays.

But the empty words hide a terrible conflict and, with every forced smile and every new course, the knives are being sharpened... Each couple has a fifteen-year-old son. Together, the boys have committed a horrifying act, caught on camera, and their grainy images have been beamed into living rooms across the nation; despite a police manhunt, the boys remain unidentified - by everyone except their parents.

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.

This book was a little different because it's based in the Netherlands so some of the lingo was different and took a little getting used to, not to mention the food they ordered was way different than I have ever eaten! I loved how the storyline was divided up into 5 different courses along with their meal. Very unique and very interesting! The story started with me feeling annoyance towards, Serge and his rich, well off life. He's running for Prime Minister and has a seemingly perfect life. His brother Paul narrates the story. But once the story starts unfolding, you see that everything and everyone are not what you thought! It was a very good read and you definitely do not see it coming!