Summer House with Swimming Pool - Herman Koch

Synopsis: When a medical procedure goes horribly wrong and famous actor Ralph Meier winds up dead, Dr. Marc Schlosser needs to come up with some answers. After all, reputation is everything in this business. Personally, he's not exactly upset that Ralph is gone, but as a high profile doctor to the stars, Marc can't hide from the truth forever.

It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meier's extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the large group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted. As the ultimate holiday soon turns into a nightmare, the circumstances surrounding Ralph's later death begin to reveal the disturbing reality behind that summer's tragedy.




Wow. That's all I can say. Simply wow. I thought I would like Summer House With Swimming Pool from the moment I read the synopsis I posted above, but I didn't think it would make its way into my heart and mind the way it has. I just finished it a few moments ago, and I am... for lack of better phrasing... blown away. Completely and totally. 


In fact, I am going to take the very easy (and lazy) route and link you to the review E. posted a short while back. His piece is pretty much what I would say on Koch's novel, anyway. So here you go!


Happy reading.