Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
(Hogarth, 2014, 387 pages)
I had high hopes for this book after reading and enjoying Koch’s previous book, The Dinner. Unfortunately Summer House with Swimming Pool just didn’t deliver. None of the characters were appealing and the story line that could have been interesting if treated properly really just fell flat. Also, the main character had a similar temperament to the main character in The Dinner which had me questioning Koch’s literary skills. Either he simply enjoys writing this particular type of character or he’s basing them on himself (which matches the way he’s presented in his author picture…).
Marc Schlosser is being investigated after the assisted death of relatively famous actor. Marc had been this actor’s doctor, but some red flags started popping up at the hospital and now Marc is having to answer for them. This goes back to the summer of the previous year when Marc and his family were invited to the actor’s summer house. While in attendance something tragic happens which sets a number of things into motion and the reader is left trying to figure out who is responsible for the horrific occurrence as Marc tries to do the same.
If you’re a Koch fan you should still pick this up, but this wouldn’t make it on my list of titles to recommend. If you want to check out his writing I’d stick to The Dinner.