Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

Summer House with Swimming Pool

Herman Koch

Meet Marc Schlosser sympathetic physician to Dutch glitterati, devoted husband and father, and the egocentric, manipulative narrator of a story which morphs from blackly funny misdemeanours to much more serious happenings. A horribly gripping tale that kept me up until 2 am.

Extract

I love my daughters. More than anything or anyone in this world. I'm only being frank. I wanted a son. I wanted it so deep down inside me that it almost hurt. A son. A boy. I thought about human instinct as I cut the umbilical cord .... Better luck next time it whispered.

Parallels
  • The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  • The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
  • Remember Me This Way by Sabine Durrant
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Violence
Explicit sexual content