The tour-de-force, hair-raising new novel from Herman Koch, the New York Times bestselling author of The Dinner and Summer House with Swimming Pool Once a celebrated writer, M had his greatest success with a suspense novel based on a real-life disappearance. It told the story of a history teacher who went missing one winter after having a brief affair with a beautiful student of his. The teacher was never found. Upon publication, M's novel was a runaway bestseller, one that marked his international breakthrough. That was years ago, and now M's career is fading. But not when it comes to his bizarre, seemingly timid neighbor who keeps a close eye on him and his wife. Why? From alternating points of view, where no one is to be trusted, Herman Koch weaves together an intricate tale of a writer in decline, a teenage couple in love, a missing teacher, and a single book that entwines all of their fates. Thanks to M's novel, supposedly a work of fiction, everyone seems to be linked forever, until something unexpected spins the "story" off its rails. With ever increasing tension, his signature sardonic wit and world-renowned sharp eye for human failings, Herman Koch once again spares nothing and no one in his gripping new novel, a barbed performance that suspends readers in the mysterious space between fact and fiction.
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"Following in the style of his renowned book THE DINNER, Koch's novel is a slow-paced, multilayered story. An aging writer in the Netherlands confronts his fading career and the novel--based on an actual unsolved crime--that rocketed him to fame. Narrator Luke Daniels is in tune with Koch's approach and delivers it effectively, teasing out the distinctiveness of the characters and leaving listeners questioning the unreliable narrators while surrounding them with the rich atmosphere. However, Koch's plodding narrative arrives at its anticlimactic plot twist far too slowly and indirectly, so even Daniels's fine performance can't resuscitate the suspense. It's dead on arrival. Fans of Koch may appreciate this, but those looking for a thrilling audiobook can pass. J.F. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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